Tight security for teachers in South
Soldiers have been ordered to take more stringent measures to provide security for teachers of schools in the deep South, particularly in Narathiwat.
- Published: 26/01/2013 at 06:11 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
The Commander of Army Region 4, Lt Gen Udomchai Thammasarorat, has given the order following the murder of a teacher in Narathiwat last week.
More than 300 schools in Narathiwat are scheduled to resume classes on Monday. They had been ordered closed on Friday and Saturday for safety reasons after Chonlathee Charoenchol, 51, a teacher at Ban Tanyong School in Bacho district, was shot dead in front of his students on Jan 23.
He was the 158th teacher slain in the far South since secvtarian violence resumed in 2004.
Col Pramote Promin, a spokesman of the Internal Security Operations Command, Region 4, said that Lt Gen Udomchai wanted to ensure the safety of teachers in the three southernmost provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat.
The security measures would be in line with the security plans agreed by the local teachers' representatives, the spokesman said.
Stringent security measures would be imposed in schools where Thai-Buddhist teachers are working. For the schools that have only Thai-Muslim teachers, it depends on which security level their directors prefer, said Col Pramote.
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