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Thida, Worajet turn down appointments to Nec



Reds leader Thida Thavornsret and Nitirat Group coleader Worajet Pakirat on Friday vowed to turn down their appointments to subcommittees of the National Education Council (Nec) in the middle of an outcry, with opponents alleging that subcommittees dominated by prominent red shirts would inculcate detrimental political ideologies in students.

Education Minister Suchart Tadathamrongvej, however, stood firm by his decision.

"The appointees have good qualifications. If you look at the whole list, you will find that members of the subcommittees have different political convictions. There are figures seen as affiliated with the yellow shirts too," Suchart said.

The subcommittee, which includes Thida as a member, is tasked with working on policies and planning.

Nec secretary general Anek Permwongsenee said this committee had no mandate to issue an order.

Thida said she had not had in advance that she would be appointed to the subcommittee.

"I have just talked to Suchart and asked why he did such a thing to me. I

won't take this post," she said.

In a separate interview, Worajet said he just found out that he had been appointed to an Nec subcommittee. He said if the appointment order arrived, he would submit his resignation.

"I have so many things to do. I don't have time to work on this subcommittee," he said.

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