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Top OEC official sacked over role in overpriced procurement

Office of the Education Council (OEC) secretary-general Sasithara Pichaichannarong was officially sacked Wednesday for her role in the overpriced procurement of instruction material meant for eight vocational colleges. The purchase in 2011 cost the state more than Bt31 million in losses.

After a four-hour meeting at the Education Ministry on Tuesday, caretaker Minister Chaturon Chaisang said an eight-member OEC panel voted to terminate Sasithara's employment. Six cast a "yes" vote, while two others abstained at the recommendation of a ministry disciplinary investigation panel.

The panel has 12 members but only eight were present at the meeting on Tuesday.

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