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Tears flow, charges fly over schoolgirl denied her home

By Thanapat Kijjakosol 
The Nation

 

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SA KAEW: -- Participants in a closed-door meeting over housing for a stateless girl in Sa Kaew suspect that local administrative officials were merely looking for excuses in the fiasco that resulted.

 

Wattana Nakhon district chief Natthapong Pattanarat on Tuesday called the meeting of all parties involved in the dispute over registering the girl’s donated house.

 

The 11-year-old student’s schoolteacher had earlier posted on social media and had scolded the local administration for not helping the girl and, allegedly as a result, was threatened with a transfer out of the district. The girl was later granted Thai nationality.

 

Critics who attended Tuesday’s meeting complained that the teacher and other supporters of the girl had had no chance to prepare for the debate that ensued with local officials. They said the teacher ended up weeping in frustration.

 

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Army troops built a one-bedroom house for the girl and her 84-year-old adoptive father. It was completed on June 25, but the two couldn’t move in because they were denied house registration and have had to remain in the derelict shack where they’ve been living.

 

Critics allege that the authorities were bullies and had also refused to hook the new house into the power supply. 

 

The schoolgirl had earlier told reporters in tears that she’d heard her teacher might be transferred as punishment for helping her. 

“Take the house back,” she said. “I don’t want to lose my teacher.” 

 

Sa Kaew Governor Klanarong Pongcharoen directed Natthapong to resolve the matter, leading to Tuesday’s closed meeting.

 

Natthapong afterwards said it was all a misunderstanding and expressed confidence that the teacher would not be transferred.

 

Tambon Tha Kwen assistant village headwoman Jiranan Phromsuwan said Natthapong wanted only to have all sides reconciled. Although the teacher would not admit being at fault, insisting she’d done no wrong, everyone agreed to set aside their differences. 

 

Jiranan said local administrators had behaved appropriately in the meeting and had promised to take no action against the teacher. 

She said the administrators claimed they were not involved in an inquiry launched at a Basic Education area office regarding the teacher’s online tirade and insisted that matter is entirely up to education officials.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30320536

 
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7 minutes ago, scorecard said:

 

Actually this attitude extents downwards, many just comfortable and poor Thais have the same negative attitudes.

 

It's happened in my extended family too. First time an extended female Thai family member came to our house she instantly, unnecessarily and unfairly verbally berated our maid who is a hill tribe lady who we trust and treat as family.

 

I have seen this at first hand too. Pathetic seems it runs through the whole strata of society here.

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And what ever happened to the Buddhist tenets? Pathetic is indeed the appropriate word here. These 'certain" Thai people who who mistreat and exhibit prejudice need to be moved to North Korea, then perhaps they may change their tune.

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10 hours ago, webfact said:

The 11-year-old student’s schoolteacher had earlier posted on social media and had scolded the local administration for not helping the girl and, allegedly as a result, was threatened with a transfer out of the district.

as per usual, the merits of the event, both positive and negative, are not considered in the initial melee; such shallowness

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