Chiang Mai University students demand 30 per cent cut in tuition fees


Chiang Mai University students demand 30 percent tuition cuts 

Chiang Mai University students gathered at the university at 10 a.m. Friday (April 24) to cut tuition by 30 percent to help them during the Covid-19 crisis. 

Rossarin Khunchom, one of the students, said that the 10 per cent cut announced earlier would not be enough. 

She said the university had made Bt2.$3 billion in profits in 2019, which could be used to support students affected by Covid-19. 

Sawat Baodoktoom, a representative of parents, said that several of them faced the same issue and wanted the university to lower the fee as much as possible to help them during the crisis. 

The issue was raised earlier, but after the university did not respond, they decided to rally to show their need for help.

Sontirat orders probe into Bt150,000 vegetable carts ordered by Egat 

Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong ordered a probe into the purchase of overpriced vegetable carts under the ‘Supply and Construction of 500/230 kV(GIS)’ project after activist Srisuwan Janya displayed an invoice for Bt150,000 each. 

Srisuwan produced the purchase document of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) that stated the high price of the cart. He added that such a wagon would have to cost around Bt2,000 if purchased at the local market. He added that this was one of the problems swept under the carpet and the state-owned company was using the national budget to coddle its employees. 

The minister said he would set up a committee to investigate the matter for about two weeks.