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Ministry of Education (Thailand)

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Ministry of Education
"The Seal of the Wheel of Law on the Boundary Stone" by Prince Narisara Nuvadtivongs
Ministry overview
Formed1 April 1892; 132 years ago (1892-04-01)
JurisdictionGovernment of Thailand
HeadquartersDusit, Bangkok
Annual budget536,697 million baht (FY2017)[1][2]
Minister responsible
  • Permpoon Chidchob, Minister of Education
Deputy Minister responsible
  • Surasak Phanchareonworakul, Deputy Minister
Ministry executive
  • Suthep Kaengsantia, Permanent Secretary

The Ministry of Education (Abrv: MOE; Thai: กระทรวงศึกษาธิการ, RTGSKrasuang Sueksathikan) is a Thai governmental body responsible for the oversight of education in Thailand. It was established by King Rama V (Chulalongkorn) in 1892 as the Ministry of Public Instruction (Thai: กระทรวงธรรมการ, RTGSKrasuang Thammakan; literally "Ministry of Religious Affairs") which controlled religion, education, healthcare, and museums. In 1941, the ministry changed its Thai name to the present one.

Its headquarters have been in the Chan Kasem Palace since 1937.[3]


"Quality student-centred education is provided for everyone with distribution of equitable education opportunities, in cities, rural and outreached areas. Education leads to people's vigour building. Vigorous and knowledgeable people are powerful capital to fight poverty."[4]



  • Office of the Minister: Thailand has had 21 education ministers in the past 18 years (2000–2018). Each lasts an average of nine months.[5] As of 2018, the Minister of Education is Teerakiat Jareonsettasin, appointed in 2016.[6]
  • Office of the Permanent Secretary

Functional departments[edit]

Public organizations[edit]

Public Organization in Public Organization Act. B.E. 2542

Public Organization in Specifically Act.

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Mala, Dumrongkiat (2016-03-03). "Ex-WTO chief decries Thai education". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  2. ^ THAILAND'S BUDGET IN BRIEF FISCAL YEAR 2017 (PDF). Bureau of the Budget. p. 68. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 December 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  3. ^ Mala, Dumrongkiat (2016-07-11). "Restoring a national treasure fit for a king". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Vision". Ministry of Education (Thailand). Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  5. ^ Mala, Dumrongkiat (2018-01-07). "Govt seeks to close the great class divide". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  6. ^ "After a varied career, Teerakiat may be running out of luck at the Education Ministry". The Nation. 2018-02-14. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  7. ^ Mala, Dumrongkiat. "School dress scam to end up in court". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 23 June 2016.