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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Thailand Isaan teachers warned to keep away from gamblin

The Nation

BANGKOK: -- Tens of thousands of Thais were nabbed for gambling last year - so many that it now rates as the third highest category of criminal cases. It has also affected teachers in provinces in the lower Northeast.

Phongsathon Chantharassami from Sodsri-Saridwongsa Foundation has cited a Courts of Justice record that there were 49,572 gambling cases last year. This puts gambling as the third biggest problem after drugs and traffic offences.

Many complaints about teachers betting at casinos in a neighbouring country were sent to the Welfare Promotion Commission for Teachers and Education Personnel, Phongsathon said. Most came from Buri Ram, Si Sa Ket, Surin, Nakhon Ratchasima, Sa Kaeo and Prachinburi provinces, which are near the border of Cambodia.

In Surin, he said, the governor instructed chiefs of government agencies to keep an eye on their subordinates and prohibit them from playing gambling games.

Phongsathon said the news was troubling - broken families with debt problems, which affected their teaching and students. It led to punishment, with some having their teaching licence withdrawn so that they aren't allowed to teach anymore.

Gambling offenders could also face a Bt500 fine and up to three months in jail, or a fine up to Bt5,000 or up to three years jail, under the Gambling Act BE 2478.

He warned teachers to keep away from gambling as it could affect their career. And in serious cases, they could be fired.

-- The Nation 2013-04-03

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