The Straits Times
Published on Nov 26, 2012

Hundreds of southern Thai schools shut over militant attacks


BANGKOK (AFP) - Teachers in insurgency-wracked southern Thailand decided on Monday to suspend classes at hundreds of schools in the region over the killings of education workers by Muslim militants.

"We want to put pressure on security forces and the government to take greater care of our safety," said Mr Boonsom Thongsriply, chairman of the teachers association in the region.

The move means 321 schools will temporarily shut from Tuesday in Pattani, one of several southern-most provinces plagued by an eight-year-old insurgency.

It is unclear when they will reopen.