University over-enrolls, graduating students punished

University over-enrolls, graduating students punished

More than 800 master's graduates of Bangkokthonburi University (BTU) gather at the football field of Thammasat University in a protest against BTU executives after their bid for educational administrator licences was rejected. They also plan to take BTU to court for alleged fraud. (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)
More than 800 master's graduates of Bangkokthonburi University (BTU) gather at the football field of Thammasat University in a protest against BTU executives after their bid for educational administrator licences was rejected. They also plan to take BTU to court for alleged fraud. (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)

147,000 baht tuition wasted as graduates not allowed to get license needed to become school director. University broke rules, but students punished.


University over-enrolls, graduating students punished

Legal action threat if no payouts okayed
Dumrongkiat Mala

More than 800 master's degree graduates of Bangkok-Thonburi University (BTU) protested Sunday against the university's executives after their bid for educational administrator licences was rejected.

The protest took place at Thammasat University by graduates of the BTU's Educational Administration Programme.


Each of these teachers-to-be had to pay tuition fees of at least 147,000 baht during the programme.

However, the Teachers' Council of Thailand (TCT) decided against granting them licences to teach after graduation.


Nirodh Nimwiwatthana, the group leader, said protesters wanted the BTU's executives to negotiate with the TCT to issue them licences or the university should refund the tuition fees.

"We do not mind if we have to be transferred to other universities, because we need educational administrator licences to apply for a school director position," Mr Nirodh said.

"If they cannot provide us with the licences, they must refund the money we have paid."


The school has offered compensation ranging from 30,000 baht to 70,000 baht to affected students, but most did not accept the offer as the amount was too low.

The group said it would consult the Lawyers Council of Thailand about filing a lawsuit for fraud against the school if the problem isn't solved by July 25.


Last year, the Teacher's Council decided not to issue administrator licences for about 2,500 master's degree graduates of the school's Educational Administration Programme (in 2014) after irregularities were found.

The Teacher's Council started a probe when it noticed a large number of graduates applying for licences in a very short period of time.


The university was among 11 universities nationwide found to have enrolled more students than allowed.

The Teacher's Council considered the programme a "sub-standard course" as it had taken in more than 2,500 post-grad students (graduate students), who are teachers, when it was allowed to take only 500 students.


According to the Education Ministry, more than one million teaching and educational administrator licences have been issued by the Teacher's Council since 2004.

The number of licences issued has been judged to be too high, relative to the five million teachers nationwide.

"Why didn't government agencies act earlier to prevent this situation from developing?" is an obvious question raised by this state of affairs.


Thailand now faces the prospect of mass unemployment among graduates of teaching programs after universities and colleges, which offer teacher preparation programmes, took in too many students in their courses.

This is according to Chaiyot Imsuwan, former Teachers Council acting secretary-general.

Universities and colleges have used teaching courses as a cash cow, to make money, and deliberately took in too many students to make money from fees, he said.

The Bangkok Post contacted BTU's Graduate School, but the school declined to comment.


Why were government agencies that oversee education not able to catch this earlier, thus avoiding the harm done to many innocent hard-working students?

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  • according to (prep): as stated or reported by somebody/something - ตามคำบอกเล่า, ตามรายงาน
  • administrator (noun): someone whose job is to manage a business, organisation, institution or website - ผู้บริหาร
  • affairs: events affecting a government, organisation, industry, etc. - กรณียกิจ, กิจธุระ
  • affected (verb): having received an effect or influence - ถูกผลกระทบ, มีผลต่อ
  • agency (noun): a government department that provides a particular service - หน่วยงานราชการ
  • apply: to make a formal request for a job of position - สมัครงาน
  • bid: an attempt to do something - ความพยายาม 
  • cash cow (idiom): the part of a business that always makes a profit and that provides money for the rest of the business - ธุรกิจที่ทำกำไร
  • comment (noun): expressing an opinion - การแสดงความคิดเห็น
  • compensation: money that someone receives because something bad has happened to them - เงินชดเชย
  • consider: to regard as; to think of as - ถือว่า
  • consult: to ask for information or advice from someone - หารือ
  • contact (noun): having communication with someone - การติดต่อ การสัมผัส
  • council: a group of people chosen to give advice, make rules, do research, provide money - สภา, คณะกรรมการ
  • course: a course of study, a program of study - หลักสูตร, วิชา, กระบวนวิชา
  • decide (verb): to think carefully about the different possibilities that are available and choose one of them - ตัดสินใจ
  • decline (verb): to say politely that you will not accept something, do something, or say something - ปฏิเสธ, ปฏิเสธที่จะทำ 
  • deliberately: done intentionally; done on purpose - จงใจ ตั้งใจ
  • develop (verb): to gradually grow and improve something so that it becomes more advanced, stronger and successful - พัฒนา
  • director: one of a group of senior managers who run a company - กรรมการบริษัท
  • do not mind: it does not bother or annoy us -
  • due to: because of - เนื่องจาก
  • enrollment: the number of students "enrolled" at a school and studying at the school -
  • enrollment (noun): the act of officially joining a course, school, etc - การขึ้นทะเบียน
  • executive: a senior manager in a business or other organisation - ผู้บริหาร
  • fee: an amount of money that someone pays to be allowed to do something, or in this case, to hire someone - ค่าธรรมเนียม, ค่าจ้าง
  • fraud: something (or someone) that deceives people by not being what it seems to be; bogus - ไม่แท้ การโกง การหลอกลวง
  • graduate: a person who has a university degree - ผู้รับปริญญา, ผู้สำเร็จการศึกษา
  • graduate school: a part of a college or university where you can study for a second or further degree - บัณฑิตวิทยาลัย
  • graduation: the act of successfully completing a university degree, or studies at an American high school; a ceremony at which degrees, etc. are officially given out - การสำเร็จการศึกษา, การได้รับปริญญา
  • grant: to officially give something - ให้
  • hard-working: diligent; showing care and effort in your work or duties - ขยัน
  • harm: damage - ความเสียหาย
  • innocent: a person who has not done anything wrong - ผู้บริสุทธิ์
  • irregularity: a situation in which the rules, laws, or usual ways of doing things have not been followed - การปฏิบัติที่ไม่เป็นไปตามระเบียบปกติ
  • issue: to give or provide something official - แจกจ่าย
  • judge: to form an opinion about somebody/something, based on the information you have - คาดคะเน
  • label: to use a word or phrase to describe someone or something, especially one that is not completely fair or true - ติดชื่อ
  • lawsuit: a case that a court is asked to decide involving a disagreement between two people or groups - คดีที่ยื่นฟ้องต่อศาล
  • licence: an official document that gives someone permission to do or use something - ใบอนุญาต
  • master's degree: a further university degree that you study for after a first degree - ระดับปริญญาโท
  • nationwide: throughout a whole country - ทั่วทั้งประเทศ
  • negotiate: to try to reach an agreement by discussing something in a formal way - เจรจาต่อรอง
  • notice: to see or hear somebody/something; to become aware of somebody/something - สังเกต
  • obvious: clear; easy to see, recognise or understand - ชัดเจน
  • offer (verb): to make something available or to provide the opportunity for something - ให้, เสนอ
  • over-: too much -
  • oversee (verb): (past form: oversaw) to watch or organise a job or an activity to make certain that it is being done correctly - คุมงาน,ควบคุม
  • period: a particular length of time - ระยะเวลา
  • position: a job - ตำแหน่ง
  • preparation: things that you do to get ready for something or make something ready - การตระเตรียม
  • prevent (verb): to stop somebody from doing something; to stop something from happening - ขัดขวาง, ป้องกัน, กัน, กีดขวาง
  • probe: an investigation - การสอบสวน
  • prospect (noun): the possibility that something will happen - ความคาดหวัง, โอกาส, ความหวังข้างหน้า อนาคต
  • protest: a meeting or rally, sometimes forceful or violent, of people who strongly disagree with something - ชุมนุมประท้วง
  • protester: someone who shows that they disagree with something by standing somewhere, shouting, carrying signs, etc - ผู้ต่อต้าน, ผู้ประท้วง
  • provide: to give someone/ something that they want or need - จัดหาให้, จัดเตรียมไว้ให้
  • refund: to give back an amount of money that was paid out - คืนเงิน
  • reject: to not accept something - ปฏิเสธ ไม่ยอมรับ
  • relative: somewhat; in comparison with someone or something similar - ค่อนข้าง
  • secretary-general (noun): the person who is in charge of the department that deals with the running of a large international or political organisation - เลขาธิการ, เลขาธิการใหญ่
  • shocking (adj): that offends or upsets people; that is morally wrong - เขย่าขวัญ,ทำให้สะดุ้งตกใจ,เลวมาก
  • solve: to find the correct answer or explanation for something - หาคำตอบได้
  • state: condition - สภาพ
  • state of affairs (noun): situation; all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place - สถานการณ์
  • sub-standard (adj.): below the standards for what can be accepted - ต่ำกว่ามาตรฐาน, ต่ำกว่าระดับปกติ
  • transferred: changed someone’s job or responsibilities - โยกย้ายตำแหน่ง
  • tuition: teaching; the work of a teacher - ค่าเล่าเรียน
  • tuition fees: money paid to attend classes - ค่าเล่าเรียน
  • university (noun): a school where students study for BA, MA, MS and PhD degrees and where research is done - มหาวิทยาลัย
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