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Obec to 'honour' late author Sripaiwan with compilation

The Office of Basic Education Commission (Obec) is now compiling textbooks by legendary author Ratchanee Sripaiwan.

Ratchanee, who died peacefully at the age of 82 on Tuesday, is the author of Thais' best-loved set of schoolbooks, "Manee, Mana, Piti, and Chujai" and many other academic works.

Obec secretary-general Apichart Jeerawuth yesterday said the compilation was intended to honour the quality works by Ratchanee. He also pointed out that although the "Manee, Mana, Piti, and Chujai" set was no longer the main textbooks for Thai-language classes at primary schools, it was still on the outside-reading list.

According to Apichart, Obec is now preparing to revive the Quick Learning textbooks by Ammart To Phra Wipas Wittayasit for Pathom 1-3 students. These textbooks were first approved for class in 1956.

"We believe the revived textbooks will be able to ease illiteracy problems among students. We have introduced these textbooks to some schools and noticed good results," Apichart said.

The Obec has approved a Bt10-million budget for the printing of 600,000 such textbooks for use from the first semester of 2014 academic year onward.


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