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Probe into school director who sat exam for assistant teachers

Education officials have begun a disciplinary probe into the school director who sat an assistant-teacher recruitment exam on Saturday.

Pitak Supalert, director of Ban Nong Sai School in Buri Ram, was found sitting the exam on Saturday in Samut Sakhon.

His move has raised suspicion about exam cheating, but to date Pitak has maintained he simply wished to try the exam questions so he could guide his younger relatives on how to prepare themselves for such exams in the future.

"But no matter his intention, he must face a disciplinary probe. He went into the test without seeking prior approval from his supervising office. This is against regulations," Supoj Jiamjai said yesterday in his capacity as the chief of Buri Ram's Office of Primary Education Service Area 1.

The office has set up a fact-finding committee to look into Pitak's case. Supoj expected the committee to conclude the case within the next few days.

Buri Ram's Secondary Education Service Area 32, meanwhile, has received complaints that a group of suspects charged Bt200,000 to people wishing to become an assistant teacher, saying that they could help.

"We are investigating into the complaints," the office's director Kitti Booncherd said.




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