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The 332 schools in Pattani closed after another teacher was killed by militants last week are reopening today. 

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One school that will have difficulty reopening today is Bang Maruat School in Panare district of Pattani province. A building was burned down late last week by suspected insurgents, causing the loss of eight classrooms, 20 desktop computers, 80 new tablet computers and other teaching equipment. ABDULLOH BENJAKAT

Breaking news: A number of armed militants set fire on Ban Thasu School in Panare district of Pattani province early Monday morning, damaging one room, reports said.

Police said the incident occurred at about 1.45am when a group of 15-20 armed men in black went into the school, tied up a temporary employee, set fire to the two-storey school building before fleeing.

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Anxious Pattani teachers return to classes today

When Nanthana Kaewchan, 51, the director of Ban Tha Kam Sam School in Pattani's Nong Chik district , was shot and killed last Thursday, local teachers decided drastic action was needed.

Nanthana was the 155th teacher killed since the southern violence flared in 2004 and there were no signs that her killing would be the last.

The Confederation of Teachers of Southern Border Provinces (CTSB) quickly announced the closure of 332 schools in Pattani to pressure for a review of security measures.

Just how bad the security situation had become became clear when army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha proposed that teachers stay overnight at their schools.

Security agencies have tried their best to provide safety for teachers, but the attacks continue, Gen Prayuth said last week.

The teachers, however, wanted a whole range of changes from the government, including improved welfare benefits such as increased hazard pay and compensation for families of teachers affected by violent incidents involving southern militants.

Confederation representatives met with Education Minister Pongthep Thepkanchana over the weekend who promised their demands would be met as soon as possible.

His assurances were apparently convincing and the Pattani schools are reopening today under even tighter security that was in place before.

Adapted from a series of Bangkok Post stories.

suspected – thought to have done something wrong เป็นที่สงสัย
insurgent – someone who belongs to a group of people fighting to take control of their country by force กลุ่มก่อการกบถ
armed – carrying a weapon  ติดอาวุธ
militants – people who use violent or forceful methods to achieve something  ผู้ใช้ความรุนแรงในการโจมตี
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
temporary – for a limited time; not permanent  ชั่วคราว
employee – someone who is paid regularly to work for a person or an organisation ลูกจ้าง
flee – to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger หนี อพยพ
anxious – worried because you think something bad might happen ที่วิตกกังวล, ที่ร้อนใจ
local – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about  ท้องถิ่น
drastic action – very strong action มาตรการรุนแรง
violence – physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people ความรุนแรง, การใช้กำลังทำลาย
flare – to suddenly become angry or violent ระเบิด (อารมณ์, ความรุนแรง)
confederation – a group of organisations that are united การรวมกลุ่มกัน สหภาพ สมาพันธ์
border – the official line separating two areas, regions or countries  เขตแดน อาณาเขต
pressure – (of a force) to press against something กดดัน, อัด, บีบ
review – to study or examining a situation, policy, or idea again in order to decide whether it is suitable or satisfactory ทบทวน
security – protection; systems providing for safety from attack, harm, or damage ระบบรักษาความปลอดภัย
measure – a firm action taken to solve a problem or stop a dangerous unpleasant situation มาตราการ
situation – all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place  สถานการณ์
propose – to suggest an idea for a group to consider เสนอ
range – a number of different things that are of the same general type  ขอบข่าย, ประเภท
improved – better  ดีขึ้น
welfare – help given, especially by the state or an organization, to people who need it; good care and living conditions สวัสดิภาพ
benefits – money provided by the government to people who need financial help because they are Have experienced difficulties, are unemployed, ill/sick, etc  เงินสงเคราะห์
hazard – something that is dangerous and likely to cause damage สิ่งที่เป็นอันตราย
compensation – money that someone receives because something bad has happened to them  เงินชดเชย
representative – someone who has been chosen or elected by a person or group to vote, give opinions, or make decisions for them ผู้แทน
demand – a very firm request for something ข้อเรียกร้อง, การเรียกร้อง
assurance – a promise; a guarantee  การรับประกัน, การรับรอง
apparently – based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly ตามที่ได้รู้มา
convincing – in a way in which someone is able to make you believe that something is true or right อย่างโน้มน้าว
tight – very strict and firm  เข้มงวด, กวดขัน, เคร่งระเบียบ

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