The Education Ministry's controversial school van purchase scheme requires a thorough review, newly-appointed Education Minister Chaturon Chaisaeng says.
At the budget bill debate for the 2014 fiscal year, the ministry proposed the purchase of 1,000 vans at a cost of 1.23 billion baht. The 12-seater vans would accommodate students from small schools who were transferred to study at larger ones under the ministry's school merger policy.
Mr Chaturon said that as chairman of a budget-screening subcommittee, he was previously told the vans would be purchased to serve students from merged small schools. However, he later found out some would also be provided to provincial educational zones.
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