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No uniforms for first day of school

Student protester volunteers manage traffic at a busy ‘Bad Student’ rally on Rama I road in front of Siam Paragon in Bangkok on Nov 21. (Photo: Apichit Jinakul)

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The Office of Basic Education Commission (Obec) has instructed all schools to not stop their students from wearing casual clothes to school on the first day of the second term.

Obec secretary-general Amporn Pinasa said students should be allowed to wear casual clothes today, as students going to school to study is the best thing that could happen to society.

However, Mr Amporn said that school dress codes will still apply, and each school will be required to inform parents of their dress codes

The move was announced after "Bad Students", a group of students pushing for education reforms, called on students to wear casual outfits on the first day of the new school term, as part of a wider civil disobedience campaign.


Mr Amporn said that Obec believes the Education Ministry's rule on student uniforms does not constitute a violation of student rights.

Wearing uniforms and following rules helps students develop discipline, he said.

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Vocabulary:

casual : relaxed and informal - ตามอารมณ์,ไม่เป็นทางการ,ธรรมดา

civil disobedience : a form of political protest in which large numbers of people refuse to obey a law - ประชาขัดขืน  (การต่อต้านจากประชาชน ซึ่งกลุ่มพันธมิตรใช้คำว่าอารยขัดขืน)

discipline : the ability to control your actions - วินัย  

dress code (noun): the rules covering what kind of clothes can and can not be worn -

outfit : clothes - เสื้อผ้าทั้งชุด

right : a moral or legal claim to have or get something or to behave in a particular way - สิทธิ

society (noun): people in general, living together in communities - สังคม

uniform : the special set of clothes worn by all members of an organisation or a group at work, or by children at school - เครื่องแบบ

violation : an action that is against a law, agreement, principle, etc. - การฝ่าฝืน

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