Wijit Srisa-arn (Thai: วิจิตร ศรีสอ้าน) is a former Thai politician and was appointed Minister of Education in 2006 by a military junta following a successful military coup. As Education Minister, he has cancelled several key Thai Rak Thai-government policies like Thailand's participation in the One Laptop Per Child program and plans to install broadband internet connections in all Thai schools.
Minister of Education
On 19 September 2006, the Thai military overthrew the elected government in a coup. The junta appointed Surayud Chulanont as Prime Minister and Wijit Srisa-arn as Education Minister. Key policies Wijit enacted included:
- The cancellation of Thailand's participation in the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program.
- The cancellation of plans to install personal computers and broadband internet connections in every public and secondary school in Thailand.
- Forcing 430 prestigious schools across the country to accept half of their students from the local neighborhood. All other schools would be required to accept all applicants; if applicants exceeded seats, a random draw would choose which applicants would be accepted.
- The Nation, Opposition slams PM's U-turn, 10 October 2001
- Bangkok Post, Education Ministry axes 3 schemes, 28 November 2006
- The Nation, Famous schools ordered to take in half of new students from neighbourhood, 14 November 2006
- The Nation, All schools in restive south to be closed, 27 November 2006
- The Nation, Over 1,000 schools closed, 28 November 2006