A study probing the readiness of primary educational service area offices to take on more administrative duties has found most offices scored satisfactorily or poorly.
The Institute for Research and Quality Development Foundation (IQF) yesterday released its results on whether the offices are ready for decentralisation.
Somwang Pitiyanuwat, IQF chairman and chairman of the National Institute of Educational Testing Services (Niets), said 185 primary educational service area offices nationwide were studied.
Office directors were asked to answer questionnaires about their administration of academic, budget, personnel and general affairs. The study then awarded them rankings: A (for excellent readiness), B (high), C (medium) and D (low).
None of the offices received an A while only 16 primary offices, or 8.6% of them, were given a B.
The offices in Krabi, Chon Buri, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Ratchasima and Rayong were among those that received Bs.
Of the total 185, 114 primary offices, or 61.6%, received Cs and the other 55 offices (29.7%) were given Ds.
The study kicked off last year to assess the quality levels of primary educational service area offices. It was funded by the Office of the Education Council (OEC).
The OEC asked the institute to conduct the study in line with Section 39 of the 2002 National Education Act.
The act says the Education Ministry should give service areas more power over academic, budget, personnel and general administration duties.
The study assessed offices' efficiency and readiness to handle more duties as part of the plan to decentralise the ministry's power, Mr Somwong said.
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