Quality Learning Foundation to become a public agency

national August 06, 2016 01:00

By The Nation

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THE Quality Learning Foundation (QLF) is planning to transform itself into a public organisation, which will allow it to receive a regular subsidy from the state.

“The transformation should benefit about 16 million children and youths across Thailand within three years of the transformation,” QLF manager Supakorn Buasai said earlier this week.

He said the foundation would continue to focus on quality learning but with a bigger budget and closer collaboration with government agencies after the change, it would be able to reach out to more children.

“Our missions also targets underprivileged children, many of them having limited access to the Education Ministry’s services,” Supakorn said.

He said that about 500,000 pre-school children would receive skills and development that match their age to achieve school readiness within three years after the transformation.

“Older children will also receive development via our activities and support to get career readiness,” he added.

Supakorn said that as a public organisation, the foundation would also boost Mathayom 3 graduates’ opportunity to receive vocational education, vocational-skill development, and training in real working environments.

“We will also pay attention to the needs of individuals in high-risk groups to prevent, or at least significantly reduce, school dropouts,” he said.

QLF board member Sompong Jitradap said that the foundation would still enjoy independent management even if it becomes a public organisation.

“We will continue to design our operations based on research findings to ensure efficient decision-making and the formulation of useful policies,” he said.

The foundation will be under the supervision of the PM’s Office when it becomes a public organisation. It will work closely with the |Education, Labour and the Social Development and Human Security ministries.


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