New childcare centre will have CCTV

New childcare centre will have CCTV

Security cameras, among other equipment, will be installed at the new child development centre in Nong Bua Lam Phu province, which will replace the Ban Nong Kung Si Pho Si Somphon School building where 22 mostly young students were killed after a massacre there early last month.

Deputy government spokeswoman Rachada Dhnadirek said yesterday that Social Development and Human Security Minister Chuti Krairiksh had informed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha the construction would be funded by the private sector.

A local farmer also offered to share a 1.5-rai Sor Por Kor agricultural plot for the new centre, which the Agricultural Land Reform Office is working to transfer, she said.

The new centre will be located about 200 metres away from the Uthai Sawan Tambon Administrative Organisation, she said.

The ministry has asked the school to temporarily use its two classrooms and one faculty room while waiting for construction work to finish, she said.

A renovation fund is being provided by the Nong Bua Lam Phu Provincial Administrative Organisation, she said.

The Department of Children and Youth has also coordinated with the Montessori Association to provide Montessori education — where pupils develop natural interests rather than rely on formal teaching — for students and the faculty, she said.

The National Housing Authority is expected to provide the fixtures, including CCTV cameras, electric equipment and other systems.

She said Gen Prayut appreciated the cooperation between government agencies, the private sector and the public to help with the construction of the new centre.

On Thursday, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul visited Udon Thani Hospital, where victims of the massacre were admitted for treatment, to provide an update on their recovery.

He said most of the injured victims had been discharged from the hospital. Only a 21-year-old and a 4-year-old were still being treated, he said.

Mr Anutin said all those injured in the one-man rampage were put under the royal patronage of His Majesty the King, adding the ministry’s mental health emergency unit was monitoring them.