Caddie scandal: No caddy, no grades for girl students

High school girls allegedly forced to work as caddies at golf clubs. Be a caddy or get no grades.

Students and parents outside Kalasin school protesting against forced caddy work for girl students (Sanook.com photo)

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Breakingnews
Students 'forced to become caddies'
11/01/2013

KALASIN - Many parents and students gathered outside a well-known school in Kalasin's Muang district on Thursday, demanding the resignation or transfer of its director, who has been accused of forcing female students to work as caddies at a golf club, according to a Daily News report.

A student representative told reporters that Surapong Phusaengsri, the director of Khamin Phitthayasan School, insisted that female students between grade 10 and 12 work as caddies at a golf club about 30 kilometres from the school.

If the students refused he would tell them that the school would not issue grades to them, the representative said.

One of the parents of a student said the director paid no attention to improving the school and he also brought a bad name to the institution.

The parent said the Kalasin Provincial Administrative Organisation had previously been informed about this issue but nothing happened.

A 10th grade student who had unwillingly become a part-time caddy said the school had never sent a letter seeking permission from her parents.

"Being a caddy is not a duty of me and my friends, but we've been threatened about our grades so we have to do it. I won't let this happen again because it's hard work and we're at risk of being molested," she said. "The school director cannot stay here any longer."

Mr Surapong said the whole issue was a misunderstanding.

On getting the students to work as caddies, the Kalasin Provincial Administrative Organisation has asked for cooperation from schools in finding student volunteers to help work as caddies at a charity golf tournament.

"There's an announcement asking students to volunteer to do this, and the school also provides them transportation and proper allowances," the school director said.

He called on the parents to reconsider and investigate thoroughly, becaused he does not want to be wrongly accused.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Breakingnews, Students 'forced to become caddies', 11/01/2013, link

Educational Ethics

education (noun) - การศึกษา
educational (adjective) - ที่เกี่ยวกับการศึกษา

ethics -  จริยศาสตร์, จริยธรรม, ธรรมจริยา, หลักศีลธรรม
educational ethics
 
caddy - golf bag carrier at golf course; a person who carries the golf clubs for a person when they are playing golf, Thailand is known for having beautiful female caddies (See Wikipedia)

caddies at a golf club
female caddies at Thai golf clubs

force
- make someone do something (must do, have no choice) บังคับ
students forced to become caddies
forcing female students to work as caddies

full-time job - a regular job that a person works at 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week
part-time job - a job (usually temporary) with many fewer hours than full-time job (often 20 hours per week)
part-time caddy

well-known - famous, many people know about it
a well-known school 

resignation - the act of leaving a job permanently ลาออกจากตำแหน่ง
transfer - moving an employee to a different part of the organisation to work ย้าย
demand the resignation or transfer of the school's director

female - of a woman สำหรับผู้หญิง
female students

accused of - ซึ่งถูกกล่าวหาหรือฟ้องร้อง
accused of forcing female students to work as caddies at a golf club, according to a Daily News report.

wrongly -  unfairly, not right อย่างผิดพลาด
wrongly accused

representative - ตัวแทน
student representative

insist - say firmly that something must happen or is true, and will not change mind ยืนยัน
insisted that

A student representative told reporters that Surapong Phusaengsri, the director of Khamin Phitthayasan School, insisted that female students between grade 10 and 12 work as caddies at a golf club about 30 kilometres from the school.

refuse - say no (will not do it)  ปฏิเสธ, ไม่ยอมรับ

issue grades - give grades to students
If the students refused he would tell them that the school would not issue grades to them, the representative said.

pay attention - เอาใจใส่
pay no attention - to not pay attention 
paid no attention

lose face -
หน้าแตก, เสียหน้า, รู้สึกอายเพราะทำเปิ่นหรือทำผิดพลาดต่อหน้าผู้อื่น
brought a bad name to lose face; lose reputation
brought a bad name to the school

institution - educational institution, school
brought a bad name to the insitution

One of the parents of a student said the director paid no attention to improving the school and he also brought a bad name to the institution.

inform - tell (tell someone about something) 
issue - a subject that people discuss or argue about ประเด็น

informed about issue - tell about an issue
informed about this issue but nothing happened - told them but they did nothing

The parent said the Kalasin Provincial Administrative Organisation had previously been informed about this issue but nothing happened.

willingly - do something because you want to do it (not forced)
unwillingly - do something because you were forced to do it (not want)
unwillingly become a part-time caddy

permission - allowing someone to do something การอนุญาต,การอนุมัติ,การยินยอม
never sent a letter seeking permission from her parents.

A 10th grade student who had unwillingly become a part-time caddy said the school had never sent a letter seeking permission from her parents.

duty - something that you have to do because it is part of your work, or something that you feel is the right thing to do หน้าที่, ความรับผิดชอบ
threatened
- telling someone that if they don't do it, they will be punished

risk
- danger, how likely or possible it is for a bad event that causes harm and damage ความเสี่ยง
molested - when a person is touched in an unwanted sexual way (especially a child), usually a crime, child sexual abuse (See Wikipedia)

"Being a caddy is not a duty of me and my friends, but we've been threatened about our grades so we have to do it. I won't let this happen again because it's hard work and we're at risk of being molested,"

cooperation - work together towards a goal ความร่วมมือกัน
volunteers - people working without (for a good cause, helping people)

charity - involving giving money or help to people who are poor or ill, or who need advice and support การกุศล
tournament - a competition for teams or single players in which a series of games is played, and the winners of each game play against each other until only one winner is left การแข่งขัน

issue
misunderstanding
the whole issue was a misunderstanding

cooperation - working together to achieve goals
asked for cooperation
asked for cooperation from schools

charity - done to raise money for people in need (for a good cause) กุศลจิต, ความเมตตากรุณา เป็นท่าทีหรือความรู้สึกที่มีต่อผู้กำลังได้รับทุกข์หรือประสบเคราะห์กรรม

tournament - การแข่งขัน
golf tournament
a charity golf tournament

On getting the students to work as caddies, the Kalasin Provincial Administrative Organisation has asked for cooperation from schools in finding student volunteers to help work as caddies at a charity golf tournament.

announcement - information given to public ประกาศ
volunteer - to do some work without being paid อาสาสมัคร
announcement
asking students to volunteer

proper - actual or real จริง  
allowances - money given to people to help them pay for the things they need
proper allowances - a real amount of money for the period they are working

the school also provides them transportation and proper allowances

"There's an announcement asking students to volunteer to do this, and the school also provides them transportation and proper allowances," the school director said.

reconsider - to think again about a decision in order to decide whether you should change it พิจารณาอีกครั้ง

thoroughly -
อย่างละเอียดถี่ถ้วน, อย่างละเอียดรอบคอบ
investigate thoroughly

He called on the parents to reconsider and investigate thoroughly, becaused he does not want to be wrongly accused.

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