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Assumption College reopens as director suspended

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It was school as usual for Assumption College students yesterday after director Prichavudhi’s temporary closure order was overturned and he was suspended from his duties. 

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Assumption College students were back in class yesterday after a school one-week closure order was rescinded and the school director was put under investigation. THANARAK KHOONTON

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Assumption head told to stand aside


Assumption College director Anant Prichavudhi has been ordered to stand aside pending a probe into alleged financial mismanagement.

The order was announced yesterday by the St Gabriel Foundation, which oversees Assumption College and 13 other Catholic schools.

Earlier, the foundation met Private Education Commission secretary-general Chanwit Tubsuphan along with the school's executives, teachers and alumni.

Brother Anant did not attend.

"He has told the foundation that he has done nothing wrong and will not resign," Bancha Saenghiran, who represents the St Gabriel Foundation, said.

However, the foundation has decided to suspend Brother Anant from work while a probe panel looks into allegations against him.

About 300 teachers and alumni protested against the school director on Friday. THANARAK KHOONTON

About 300 teachers and alumni protested against the school director on Friday.

They are concerned about his plans to merge the elementary section of Assumption College on Sathon Road with its secondary section in Bang Rak district.

Some staff fear they could lose their jobs as a result of the merger, although Brother Anant has assured them this will not be the case.

Brother Anan decided on Friday to close the school until Feb 1 to avoid further protests, but his order was rescinded under pressure from the Education Ministry.

rescind – to officially state that a law, contract, decision, policy, etc. is no longer valid ยกเลิก,  เพิกถอน
investigation – the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something in order to discover who or what caused it or how it happened การสอบสวน, การตรวจสอบหาข้อเท็จจริง
pending – waiting to be dealt with, settled or completed ยังค้างอยู่, ซึ่งยังไม่จบสิ้น, อยู่ในระหว่าง
probe –– an investigation การสอบสวน
alleged – claimed to be true although not yet proven ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
financial – involving money เกี่ยวกับเงิน, ทางการเงิน
mismanagement – organising or controlling something badly การจัดการผิด
foundation – an organisation that provides money for things such as medical research or for a charity มูลนิธิ
oversee – to watch or organise a job or an activity to make certain that it is being done correctly คุมงาน,ควบคุม
commission – an official group of people who have been given responsibility to control something  คณะกรรมการ, คณะกรรมาธิการ
executive – a senior manager in a business or other organisation ผู้บริหาร
alumni – the former students of a school, college or university ศิษย์เก่า
resign – to leave a job permanently ลาออกจากตำแหน่ง
suspend – to stop something for a short time หยุดชั่วคราว
panel – a group of people who make decisions or judgments คณะกรรมการ
allegations – accusations ข้อกล่าวหา
protest – to make a strong complaint or disagreement ประท้วง
concerned – worried about something   มีความกังวล
merge – (of two or more groups) to join together to become one การรวมกัน
elementary (school) – a school for children between the ages of about 6 and 11 or 12 โรงเรียนประถม
secondary (school) – a school for young people, usually between the ages of 11 and 16 or 18 ชั้นมัธยมศึกษา
assure – to tell someone that something is true or will definitely happen ให้ความมั่นใจ, ยืนยัน
pressure – trying to make someone do something by forcing, threatening, or persuading them in a determined way ความกดดัน,  แรงกระตุ้น, การบีบบังคับ

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