Former Samsenwittayalai school director fired for taking bribe 

The Bangkok Provincial Education Commission has decided today (April 10) to fire former director of Samsenwittayalai school Viroj Samruan after finding him guilty of receiving 400,000-baht bribe from a student’s parent to enrol in the state-run school.

Speaking after chairing the meeting of the educational commission, Karun Sakulpradit, permanent-secretary of the Education Ministry said the dismissal of Mr Viroj takes immediate effect today.

Under this severest disciplinary action handed down by the commission, Mr Viroj will not get any pension or welfare benefits from the state, Mr Karun said.

He said the commission will officially inform Mr Viroj, the Office of the Basic Education Commission, and the Office of the Teacher Civil Service and Educational Personnel Commission (OTEPC) about it’s decision.

Two other officials, a deputy director and a staff, implicated in the bribery scandal are being investigated, he said.

The former director of Samsenwittayalai school had earlier admitted to be the person seen in a video clip that was posted on social media by a school alumni and parents, who accused him of demanding 400,000 baht in “tea money” in exchange for the parent’s child to be enrolled into the school’s Mathayom Sueksa 1 (Grade 7) class.