Sarasas school offers compensation for child abuse

Sarasas school offers compensation for child abuse

School will pay medical costs, waive student fees

Parents vent their anger during a meeting with education officials at Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School in Nonthaburi province on Tuesday. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
Parents vent their anger during a meeting with education officials at Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School in Nonthaburi province on Tuesday. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

The management of Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School has agreed to refund fees and pay for physical and mental treatment of abused students, according to the Education Ministry.

Deputy Education Minister Kanokwan Vilawan said representatives of the school reached the agreement in talks at the ministry on Wednesday.

She said  the school management will pay compensation to both abused students, who will continue to study at the school, and others who leave for other schools.

For students who stay, the school will refund all fees for the 2020 academic year for abused students and pay for their treatment and mental counselling. The school will also install surveillance cameras at all corners and displays, so parents will be able to monitor their children in its canteen, and show all teachers' certificates of qualification.

For the students who decide to leave, the school will issue certificates for them within a day, refund this year's fees, and pay for the physical and mental treatment of abused children.

The deputy education minister said she formed a committee to follow up the compensation and solution process. It included the permanent secretary for education and representatives of the Mental Health Department, parents and provincial education authorities.

Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek, a large private school in Pak Kret district, Nonthaburi, hit the headlines after video recordings posted on social media showed an unqualified teacher physically abusing a kindergarten pupil while her assistants watched.

Shocked parents clamoured for action, threatening to withdraw their children from the expensive school.

Pisut Yongkamol, representative of the school, said the management had no excuses and apologised for the incidents.

It would quickly solve the problem and improve its screening of teachers and assistants, he said.

A teacher sacked over the incident reported to police on Tuesday to acknowledge charges of physically abusing a child and breaching the Teachers Act.


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