Ovec to look into fatal initiation trip

national September 10, 2014 01:00

By The Nation

The director of the Pathum Thani Technical College will face a disciplinary probe related to his alleged failure to prevent an unsupervised initiation trip, which saw one of the college students succumb to respiratory and blood-circulation failure.

Pokai Saengrojrat, 17, a first-year student, died late last month.

The Office of Vocational Education Commission (Ovec) set up a fact-finding committee to look into the incident. The committee suggested there were grounds to believe the college’s director Kwanchai Panichakarn had been negligent.

Ovec secretary-general Chaiprug Sereerak said yesterday Kwanchai should have investigated what happened when a class-attendance report showed only 10 students remained in the classroom on the day of the trip .

If convicted of negligence or minor disciplinary offences, Kwanchai will face a warning, or a one-time salary cut or a long-term salary reduction.


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