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    Climate change: we need to do more

    News, Editorial, Published on 06/12/2015

    » Prayut Chan-o-cha’s trip to Paris last week had a certain elegance that has rarely been seen since he seized power, at least in terms of public relations. He was on message, was pictured seemingly statesmanlike laying flowers in tribute to the victims of last month’s terrorist attacks, and avoided making any embarrassing blunders. At the main event, the UN’s climate change conference, he delivered Thailand’s pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by between 20% and 25% by 2030, which received positive coverage at home and was even welcomed in some quarters as ambitious.


    Agents of mistreatment

    News, Editorial, Published on 02/12/2015

    » Big business and the government are facing inconvenient charges from abroad that show how much more must be done in battling human trafficking and associated labour abuses.


    Teacher debt out of control

    News, Editorial, Published on 26/11/2015

    » Our teachers' debt problem is getting so overwhelming it is feared it will affect the quality of education. The total amount of debt owed by teachers to the Government Savings Bank (GSB) and various cooperatives is estimated at 1.2 trillion baht.


    Last chance for education

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/11/2015

    » Yet another report has appeared that confirms the neglect in the Thai education system. This one, a worldwide survey by the group Education First (EF), laments the country's "very low proficiency" in English. Of the 70 countries that the group tested, Thailand came in at No.62. Within our region, only Cambodia ranked lower. How could this be so?


    School days, school daze

    News, Editorial, Published on 03/11/2015

    » It is difficult to know whether discussions on education last week were a tiny step forward or merely a demonstration of the massive problem. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha chaired a meeting of the national education and policy development committee, known as the "education superboard". Led by the prime minister, members decided that the quality of education is unsatisfactory, and needs improvement, from elementary up to high school levels. In short, the superboard now agrees with what everyone knew years ago.


    Bomb probe cannot stop

    News, Editorial, Published on 26/10/2015

    » Police, and presumably other authorities including the government and the military, have made a poor decision to create an exit strategy for the Erawan shrine bombing investigation. It must be hoped this decision does not come back to haunt them in the form of more violence.


    Stop road slaughter

    News, Editorial, Published on 24/10/2015

    » Now it’s official. Thailand’s roads have become the second-deadliest in the world, and that is a record we can hardly be proud of.


    No reason to join TPP

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/10/2015

    » There's a curious symmetry between US and Thai actions over the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP became a treaty last week when 12 trade ministers ended years of negotiations and signed the final deal.


    Forest policy off track

    News, Editorial, Published on 02/10/2015

    » Natural Resources and Environment Ministry deputy permanent secretary Supoj Towichakchaikul has described his ministry's mission to expand forest areas as an uphill task. He is right about this.He blamed the difficulties on a lack of resources and personnel, local resistance, and a lack of inter-agency co-ordination. This is where Mr Supoj went wrong.


    Call halt to mining bill

    News, Editorial, Published on 18/09/2015

    » The Industry Ministry's recent decision to expand gold mining surveys and concessions in 12 provinces is facing fierce protests from locals, and rightly so. Unless the plan is halted, the country is set to experience many tragedies from deadly pollution. 

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