Kanya Thongman นางกัญญา ทองมั่น

Mrs Kanya Thongman นางกัญญา ทองมั่นKanya Thongman (นางกัญญา ทองมั่น) is the director at the Angthong College of Dramatic Arts involved in the serious, and  illegal, caning of several girls in May 2011 by a music teacher at the college.

When the incident was first reported Mrs Thongman was uninterested in taking any action according to one girls father,  Mr Boonlert. He also stated she replied that she agreed with the teacher and was (apparently) initially sanctioning the further caning that was planned for the 31st May 2011.

Mrs Kanya only started to take the matter seriously when the incident was reported to the police and received widespread national and international news coverage.

She (allegedly) persuaded Mr Boonlert to drop the charges with the police in return for the 2nd caning being cancelled and also promised an internal school disciplinary investigation into the teacher, Mr Phansak Thanpo.

Ms Kanya said if the disciplinary investigation finds Mr Phansak guilty, he will face punishment ranging from disciplinary probation or a cut in pay to suspension, removal or dismissal.

Question? How can he NOT be guilty? He admitted the offence!

Mrs Kanya also stated that

Caning is banned in schools but she believed it is sometimes justified!

This raises very serious issues about the competence of Ms Kanya to be a director of a school, for the following reasons.

1. She clearly has NO understanding of the law! It is BANNED and ILLEGAL and therefore there can NEVER be any “justification”. Any management position in any profession must have a clear understanding of relevant law. This is especially true when the law is there to protect the vulnerable i.e. children.

2. Children in her school are clearly at risk of assault if she believes it is “OK sometimes”.

3. Justified?? Does this mean that people who have no money can sometimes be justified to rob a bank or steal from a neightbours house?

4. WHY did she intervene in a criminal investigation and why did she attempt to stop this. The police MUST be allowed to do their jobs in cases of alleged child abuse.

It is our belief that the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Culture (who the school is under the auspices of) should launch an immediate investigation into Ms Kanya Thongman and if she is found to be incompetent, or guilty of attempting to protect a child abuser from prosection, should be immediately dismissed and perhaps prosected herself.

Teachers must OBEY the law at ALL times and school directors have a duty to ensure they are 100% AWARE of the law that governs their profession. They also need to take responsibility for the actions of their employees and Mrs Kanya should NEVER have attempted to stop the police investigation or prevent this man from being tried in an appropriate court of law.

Posted on June 8, 2011, in Thai Teachers and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. It will be very interesting to see the results of the internal enquiry given all the publicity. If the teacher is not dismissed and referred to the authorities to have his licence reviewed, Mrs Thongman is going to look very very bad. She has made a complete joke of this case and should have let the police do their job.

  2. Moonoi Ang Thong

    555 she always allow hitting in this school. Many years she do this herself.

  3. Hard to understand how someone so stupid can ever be put in charge of a school. She is a good example of why we need far more control over the appointment of directors to ensure they are knowledgeable about the job. This lady is typical of many school directors who have little or no knowledge about the law and other important things.

  4. Ms Thongman STILL refuses to say the results of the internal enquiry. When we checked yesterday Mr Thanpo was still working at the school. We have to assume NOTHING was done and yet another proven child abuser is still working openly in our schools.

    • It is shocking. Her squealing in that video is pathetic and does not befit any person of standing in a school. You are a disgrace to your profession and our country Mrs Thongman.

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