OHEC urged to change stance musically

national September 02, 2011 00:00

By The Nation

About 300 students and lecturers from Mahidol University's College of Music staged a musical protest yesterday outside the Office of the Higher Education Commission (Ohec).

This was done in response to Ohec's refusal to authorise bachelor's degrees for two of the seven programmes in music offered at the college.

Instead, Ohec has said that students majoring in music industry technology and music business be given a Bachelor of Arts degree upon graduation.

At the protest, the associate dean of the college, Krit Buranavitayawut, submitted a letter addressed to Ohec secretary-general Sumate Yamnoon, which was accepted by deputy secretary-general Associate Professor Dr Kamjorn Tatiyakavee.

Krit said the purpose of the protest was to call on Ohec to allow a Bachelor of Music to students in the two programmes. It was also to support college dean Associate Professor Sukree Charoensuk's stance on the issue and help people understand that the university was trying to meet international education standards.

Sukree tendered his resignation on August 1 to take responsibility for Ohec's refusal, but his resignation was rejected.

Kamjorn said Ohec would listen to opinions from members of the college and discuss the issue with other members of the Higher Education Commission.