Muslim centres to get aid

Muslim centres to get aid

The Supreme Administrative Court has ordered subsidies to be given to all Muslim learning centres in Bangkok saying that every basic education institution is eligible to receive aid.

The court told the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) to subsidise Muslim learning centres, which have not received any aid since 2013.

On May 29, the Supreme Administrative Court ordered the Obec secretary-general to consider the matter and approve subsidies for a learning centre run by the Tarbiyatul Foundation in Bangkok within a month, since it is eligible to receive aid.

Commenting on the case, human rights activist Surapong Kongchantuk said the foundation's school has followed all regulations to establish itself as an institution by submitting the necessary letters and being granted permission before demanding the assistance,

The Tarbiyatul Foundation -- created to provide education for Muslim youth and individuals and provide scholarships for impoverished children -- filed a petition to the Bangkok Primary Educational Service Area Office in 2013 for the aid but did not get any information, he said.

When asked about the matter, the office said the process was ongoing.

The foundation's school, which provides education from preschool to grade 3 with 276 students and 29 teachers, had not received any aid before the first semester opened on May 15, 2013.

The school petitioned the National Human Rights Commission and sued Bangkok Primary Educational Service Area Office and secretary-general of Obec.

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