Cabinet gives nod to fund for equal right to education

The cabinet on Tuesday (Feb 20) approved the Education Ministry's proposal to set up a fund for equal right to education with the proposed starting budget set at one billion baht.

However, the cabinet had made some changes to the ministry's proposal out of concern that the fund might not be used efficiently.

Government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the cabinet resolved that the amount of budget should not be fixed at 5 percent of overall budget allocated for education as proposed by the ministry, but should be considered on yearly basis by the government.

Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin clarified to the cabinet that the fund for equal right to education did not target only poor students, poor teachers or poor people, but people in general who do not have access to education.

Money to be handed out to the needy could be in the form of a grant or a loan for education purpose.

The spokesman said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha wanted clearer and more details about the fund and reminded the education minister that the fund should not duplicate with the student loan fund.

He added that recipients of the student loan fund were entitled to apply for grant or loan from the fund for equal right to education.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)