Janvit Krongton is no novice at addressing student violence in vocational colleges. He has spent half his life training and counselling students in various vocational pursuits in Thailand. In the last decade, the veteran educator has been at the helm of a handful of problematic technical colleges which have earned a reputation for student violence.
Janvit, currently director of Samut Prakan Polytechnic College, says that while there is no quick fix to this worsening quandary, a good start would be to have the Thai education system and families of students work together to address the pressing issues facing them today.
Prior to that, however, he said it is important to understand the life experiences of students pursuing vocational studies. For one, most suffer from low self-esteem and lack of confidence, which largely stems from the way their families and society in general view vocational studies as being inferior to other fields of education.
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