THE CABINET today approved Monday July 27 as a special holiday to compensate for the cancelled Songkran holidays in April leading to a four-day long weekend from July 25 to July 28, PostToday and Naewna newspapers reported this afternoon (June 30).
Tuesday July 28 is already a holiday to mark His Majesty the King’s Birth Anniversary.
Mrs Narumon Pinyo Sinwat, spokesperson of the Prime Minister’s Office, said on March 17 the Cabinet had passed a resolution postponing the Songkran holidays until the coronavirus outbreak is resolved and the situation has now started to improve.
This can be seen by the authorities having relaxed various lockdown measures allowing business operators and the general public to carry out more activities.
However the Cabinet told government department heads to reconsider the suitability of this holiday as it must not damage government service nor affect the public.
Where state enterprises, entertainment venues and the public sector are concerned, they should again ask the Bank of Thailand and the Labour Ministry whether this holiday is suitable for them.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said after today’s Cabinet meeting that 80% of the schools are ready for the opening of the new term tomorrow but marginal students are still not allowed in until tighter measures are in place.
He also mentioned new education systems, mainly studying at home and utilizing online education.
One new formula is for students to study five days and take nine days off and this is now being tested.
However in continuing to use the old system the educational quality must be improved through reorganization and upgrading standards to higher levels.
Top: Prime Minister Prayut is all smiles after declaring an extra holiday. Thai headline says, “Long four-day break.” Photo: Naewna