Education minister hints two Umphang teachers may not be reinstated

Two school teachers in Tak’s Umphang district who are fighting for their reinstatement may lose their fight because they were not legally recruited from the beginning.

Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin disclosed on Tuesday (Nov 14) that he had ordered a probe into the conduct of the director of the 38th education office in Tak’s Umphang district because the latter had no authority to recruit the two teachers and their recruitment was suspicious as the teachers in question were immediately issued with teacher’s ID cards, making them eligible to medical expense coverage.

The two assistant teachers of Umphang Wittayakom school in Umphang are Ms Wanalee Thunmark and Ms Nirawan Chuaboonmee.  They have complained that they had not been paid after teaching at the school for five months and, later on, their employment was terminated.

He said that the case was suspicious and complicated as several people concerned have not given information to the authorities.

About the two teachers’ petition that their names be kept in the waiting list of teachers in Sukhothai province, the minister dismissed the petition as impossible, citing that the waiting list was already outdated.

Ms Wanalee and Ms Nirawan on Monday (Nov 13) lodged a petition with the Office of Teachers and Education Personnel Committee (OTEP) to seek their reinstatement.

The two teachers said if they could not be reinstated at their old school in Umphang, their names should, at least, be kept with OTEP’s list of teachers in Sukhothai province.

They added that they would take their case to the Administrative Court if they were not accorded the justice they demanded.