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Obec wants stringent rules for student trips

The Office of Basic Education Commission (Obec) yesterday called for a stricter rule on students' educational trips, while a fund-raising account was opened to aid families of the Prachin Buri accident victims.

Obec's moves followed the horrific crash on Friday when a bus carrying Nakhon Ratchasima students on an educational trip crashed into a truck, in Prachin Buri, killing 15 people (including 10 students and two female teachers) and injured 35 others.

Ten injured persons - six of them in a serious condition - were still being treated at Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital yesterday, said Boonman Khathong, Obec's acting director for the Nakhon Ratchasima Primary Educational Service Area 7.

Boonman's office also opened a bank account (052740839502) at Government Savings Bank to raise donations for the injured persons' medical bills and provide assistance money to the families of the deceased, he said. People could call 044-477014, extension 18, for details.

After attending the funeral for 10 deceased students of Ban Dong Lhob School at Wat Mai Samakkheetham in tambon Chong Maew of Lam Thamenchai district yesterday, Obec deputy chief Rojana Kitcharoen said the commission had urged stricter regulations in arranging educational trips and prioritising the safety of students and teachers.

Obec would give the injured Bt3,000 each and Bt5,000 to the relatives of the deceased. There would be a compensation of Bt900,000 for each deceased teacher if they were members of the teachers and educational personnel funeral assistance fund, he added. At the funeral, Tambon Chong Maew Municipality also provided Bt100,000 in funeral assistance money.

Meanwhile, Nakhon Ratchasima Office of Insurance Commission director Pornpayong Buasri said a compensation of Bt550,000 each would be paid to the relatives of the 15 deceased people from insurance policies. The relatives of deceased teachers and students would each get an additional Bt80,000 from an accident insurance policy. Officials were looking up documents to determine compensation payments. The injured persons' medical bills would be covered by related insurance policies, she added.

In Prachin Buri, where six student victims remained at Nadee Hospital, parents and relatives said they did not want schools to host any educational trips that required travelling long distances for students and teachers, as too often there were accidents on such trips.


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