The Ministry of Education was tasked with preparing the workforce that will be required for the upgrading of the rail transportation system, according to Pongthep Thepkanchana, the Minister of Education.

Mr Pongthep said, after boarding a train from Thungsong district in Nakhon Si Thammarat to Bangkok, that there was high demand for rail transport service among the public but the current rail system cannot fully accommodate them as development of the system has been neglected for a long time. The upcoming overhaul of the rail system will provide greater convenience to the public.

The Ministry of Education has been tasked with preparing the personnel that will be required for the overhaul, and who will also be needed to accommodate any future expansion of the system.

Mr Pongthep indicates he will forward information about the required workforce to the Office of the Higher Education Commission and the Office of Vocational Education Commission, so the two agencies can make adjustments to their policies of labor development.