School's move delays new parliament

Building of the new parliament could be delayed because Yothin Burana School is unlikely to complete the construction of its new premises on time, House affairs committee spokesman Boonyod Sukthinthai said on Thursday.

Mr Boonyod, a Democrat Party MP,  said the parliament had authorised payment to Yothin Burana School, in Dusit district, of one billion baht for the move. 

The school's grounds are needed for the construction of the new parliament. The school is being relocated to a 16-rai block of nearby land in the same district, adjacent to Wat Soithong.

The school's director, Pichayanant Sarnpanich, testified to the House committee on the progress of the building of the new school. He said the one billion baht has been spent, but the school buildings had not been completed. Water and electricity supply systems were still not in place and learning and teaching equipment had not been acquired.

He asked for 254 million baht more from parliament, Mr Boonyod said.

Mr Boonyod said the House committee felt the school was unlikely to get the extra money needed to complete the construction in the 300 days, or by Sept 25 next year, required by the contract.

The committee would ask the parliament president to invite representatives of the Education Ministry, the Basic Education Commission and school administrators to a meeting to find a way to overcome the problem. Otherwise, construction of the new parliament would be delayed, he said.

Yothin Burana is a very popular public-funded secondary school which offers a wider education than most schools.

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