Every year during Summer School, we celebrate Songkran Festival with smiles. Apparently, for whatever reasons (nobody knows), our school did not advise us that there’s no Songkran Activity, this year. Everybody was surprised for the first time that the school will not hold a very important, meaningful event like this.
Generally speaking, Thai people and foreigners from everywhere are expecting this kind of special event. Songkran is not just an ordinary festival. It is the Thai New Year’s festival. The Thai New Year’s Day (also known as the water festival) begins on the 13th of April every year, but the holiday period includes 14th to 15th of April as well.
At school, students and teachers were not happy with the announcement that there’s no Songkran celebration. There were rumors that the school was conserving “water” for this year. Others have said that, there’s was no explanation why because the Thai teachers were not given answers and they’re not allowed to question, either.
For whatever it is.. still there are speculations that the school may have planned to shut down in the future because the number of students enrolled this year in summer are less than what is supposed to be. There are no nursery enrolled for the first time, this summer. It indicates less students or no more students in this level for the first semester. Too much cost cutting on the budget or financial matters. We used to have our office supplies such as A4 papers, inks and markers, colored papers, pens, and the like. It’s getting worse to worst each year. Last year, we have office supplies/materials available but now, it’s for reimbursement and on a limited/tight budget. We cannot buy any markers and pens anymore, unless it’s the refill inks. In the other department, the school deducted their after school pay for no reason at all. There are too many things to mention that really sounds stupid, odd and malicious.
I was just thinking, if the school cares about the quality assurance and certification from the Khurusapa or the Teacher’s Council of Thailand and the Ministry of Education. These two departments are responsible if ‘Thai Buddhist holidays” are being implemented and observed by the schools. I am not certain if the school can still get away with this. But, It’s like something fishy is going on.