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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (14 June 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (14 June 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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–  Thai school shifts to partial online teaching seeing over 500 fail exams
Proof, if needed, that children need in-class teaching and NOT online learning comes this week from a Bangkok school which opted for a significant amount of online teaching for older pupils. As 500 children FAILED their grade 6 exams, a look at the numbers shows that whilst in some subjects up to 50% of students failed, in key subjects such as science, the figures were much worse, with only a THIRD of the class passing. Students were required to prepare for their exams through online resources, submitting assignments online, with the school aiming to enhance flexibility and self-directed learning. Parents AND students have appealed to the school to return to traditional in-class teaching. Thai media is reporting that they swiftly offered COMPENSATION to avoid the continuation of the charges against them. It’s also been reported that those involved were locally influential figures involved in business. In-house CCTV captured much of the event and was shared with the police by the venue operators.

– New Bangkok-Laos train route raises concerns
Much has been made of the soon-to-be-launched train route from Bangkok to Laos, which is being promoted as a move closer to a direct line from the capital here all the way to China. BUT, those in the know point out that the trains in use and planned for use may not quite match up to those being portrayed in the media. Far from the high-speed sleek engines pictured, it’s likely that those put into use will be the older standard engines and that first-class or even sleepers will not initially be available. Room for improvement for sure, as the route itself has created great interest.

– Over 23,000 election candidates personal data exposed
The election commission has ordered staff to remove data posts on public internet pages that accidentally revealed all the details, including social security numbers, of the candidates. The national ID numbers of some 23K candidates WERE fully visible until complaints were made and upheld to the Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry, which reports that since it upgraded ITS services, monitoring all government output, leaks of data HAVE reduced from 31% to just 1.2%.

– Thai Political Landscape in turmoil
Many Thai political experts are voicing concern at the number of outstanding hearings against politicians and political parties, reflecting that amid a power struggle, the canvas of politics could change dramatically, depending on the result. With former PM Thaksin now facing more charges, he and his family wield considerable political power again. Their current PM is answering charges of appointing a former Thaksin subordinate with a criminal history to a high position, whilst the whole of the Move Forward Party may just be shut down if a separate case finds them to have violated laws regarding constitutional change proposals. Add to that a new claim sent to the courts asking for a ruling on whether organic laws governing the ongoing Senate election violate the Constitution. Amid claims in Thai media that those expected to become senators include Thaksin’s brother-in-law, pundits are waiting for outcomes with bated breath.

– Pet sales temporarily BANNED from Bangkok’s Chatuchak market 
Sales of animals of any description have been temporarily banned at the Bangkok Chatuchak market by the city governor as investigations continue into the fire which saw hundreds lose their lives whilst sleeping in cages. It’s likely, though, that the market will reopen at some date and sales will again be allowed ONCE a full check has been carried out, BUT with the possibility of stricter control on safety.

– Authorities warn against online baby formula purchases
A warning is out to consumers here NOT to purchase baby milk formula ONLINE but only from recognized shops and outlets following a raid on a Samut Prakan warehouse storing a whopping 18 MILLION bahts worth of powdered baby milk as part of a Vietnamese smuggling group’s stash that was sold online, promising savings. Immigrant workers were arrested and charged with selling unregistered products and working without work permits, but the MR. BIGS were long gone. It’s claimed that they closely monitored social media reports from Thai authorities on checks of their products and have frequently moved overnight to different locations to avoid detection, until now.

– Former Pattaya expat confesses to possessing 270,000 indecent images
Meanwhile, many expats in the region who thought they knew him were left in shock as it was revealed that a former part-time expat resident here, Ian Heddle, confessed to the possession of 270 THOUSAND indecent photographs stored on numerous devices in the UK. The 61-year-old, a former Scottish league football player, was detained on arrival 10 months ago in Edinburgh after returning from the Pattaya region previously and told the police at the time that they would indeed find thousands of pictures all categorized in folders. Worse still, it was confirmed that he had molested an 8-year-old youngster here in the Pattaya region and recorded that too. Working in Scotland as a road cleaner, he is now convicted in a Scottish court and faces an elongated jail sentence there. UK legislation protects youngsters globally by affording police the right to charge nationals with such crimes committed anywhere in the world. Sentencing is due next month.

– Civil servants injured in Singaporean’s Jomtien car crash 
A 26-year-old Singaporean man crashed his car just after midnight yesterday into a converted pickup carrying 12 passengers in Jomtien. Nine were injured, all part of a group of Pichit civil servants on a training course here, and alcohol test results have yet to be released to the press.

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