More than 100 applicants for jobs at the Office of Trade Competition Commission (OTCC) who were rejected for “cheating” on the recruitment test have been absolved and will retake the test.
Wichai Pochanakit, director-general of the Department of Internal Trade (DIT), clarified on Monday there had been no cheating.
The 104 people told to leave the venue at Chulalongkorn University where the recruitment exam for state enterprise employees was being held on October 20 were merely disqualified for signing their names rather than printing them out in full as required, he said.
They were among 1,261 applicants for 50 jobs at the OTCC, a former DIT agency now operating independently under the Commerce Ministry.
Each applicant paid a Bt650 fee to take the exam.
Wichai said the OTCC and the exam-supervising committee at the university had agreed the 104 people should be allowed to take a fresh exam with different questions.
The incident came to light when a woman publicly shared her experience.
She said she’d been called out of the exam room and told she’d been disqualified for failing to write her full name on the test papers.
She discovered that 100 other people had also been disqualified and they agreed to appeal the decision because there was no clear instruction about writing their names.
They refused to sign forms terminating their exam participation.
The supervisors insisted the instruction was clear on the job application announcement and it was repeated in a reminder text message sent to all applicants the day before the test.
The disqualified applicants plan to file a complaint in Administrative Court, the unnamed woman said, claiming the incident had shaken her faith in state agencies as an overreaction to a minor mistake.
It reflected badly on the organisation, she said, making it appear too rigidly attached to the rules.