Disciplinary committee makes no headway in school director’s alleged bribery case

Disciplinary investigation into alleged bribery case that involved a director of a famous secondary school in Bangkok has made no significant headway although five months has elapsed.

The former director of Samsen Wittayalai school Mr Viroj Samruan was accused of demanding 400,000 baht “tea money”, from a parent for enrollment of their son into the school.

The act was secretly videotaped and later posted on social media, triggering widespread criticism of the school director’s behaviour.

The Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) later set up a fact finding committee and found there was ground in the alleged bribery.

The alleged demand for the 400,000 baht “tea money”, occurred on April 19, which was during a period when the mobilisation of resources was prohibited. On that day, no receipt was issued. However, a receipt was issued retroactively on June 20.
The committee ruled this was in breach of the Finance Ministry’s regulation.

Later a committee was appointed to look into disciplinary action against Mr Viroj in July.

If found guilty, he would be subjected to disciplinary action, which could be a dismissal.

But the disciplinary committee has yet to make any progress in its probe since July.

ThaiPBS tried to reach the new Obec secretary-general Mr Bunrak Yodphet for comment but was told only that he could not give information as it is still under the investigation process.

ThainPBS learned later that until today the school director was not yet summoned by the disciplinary committee to give testimony.

Meanwhile there was report that the National Anti-Corruption Commission is going to issue guideline for school in receiving public donations in its effort to resolve “tea money” demanding from parents to enroll their kids into famous schools.