Pattaya, Chonburi –
At least one school deputy director in Pattaya said they will officially discuss the decreasing of school tuition fees if the closure of schools in the province of Chonburi continues to be extended with no end in sight due to concerns of Covid-19. This follows reports of increasing parental complaints, including to The Pattaya News, about schools not budging on reducing tuition fees or giving discounts despite schools not being in session in person.
Meanwhile, parents of students from the Sawang Boriboon Wittaya School in Pattaya have also been complaining online about tuition fees. Sawang Boriboon Wittaya School, however, did previously decrease their fees to 1,500 baht for normal classes and to 3,000 baht for International program classes according to school staff.
Parents, however, are still not happy and think the school needs to decrease more as their children are still learning online from home. Additionally, some parents claim that online learning is not as effective, many students do not have the right equipment, and many Pattaya parents are struggling to make an income with so many businesses legally ordered closed, such as the entertainment sector and tourism industry.
Mr. Winai Sithida, a deputy director from Sawang Boriboon Wittaya told The Pattaya News reporters, “We have followed government suggestions in decreasing tuition fees and we are trying to help parents during the situation. We understand how difficult the situation is currently, especially in Pattaya and we certainly understand the frustration from parents.”
“It has now been 33 days that school has been postponed for opening in a normal schedule in Chonburi. We have tried as much as we can to work with our parents.” Winai added, noting that schools were not closed nationally but due to a high number of cases in Chonburi they remained closed with no sign of lifting the restrictions anytime soon.
“If the closure continues to stretch onwards, which so far looks likely, we will discuss further reduction of school fees for parents,” Winai concluded.
TPN media notes that schools, along with entertainment venues, are often the first closed and last opened in Thailand and certainly in Pattaya as has been the case with previous closures. TPN has had made complaints from local parents, especially from international schools, however, the decision to reduce or lower fees at schools is based on school administration. The Thai Education Ministry has officially “suggested” that schools lower fees to work with parents, but there are no binding laws or rules mandating this.
Meanwhile, school closures, as well as many business closures, stretch on in Chonburi and Pattaya with no end and sight and growing frustration from the public.
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