The Straits Times
Published on Dec 06, 2012

Hundreds of Thai schools close after teacher attacks


BANGKOK (AFP) - Teachers in Thailand's restive south suspended lessons at hundreds of schools on Thursday after gun attacks on two educators this week, in the second recent class stoppage in the region over security fears.

The local teaching association in Narathiwat, one of three insurgency-plagued southern provinces, said it had called for all state schools in the area to close for two days after a teacher was shot dead on Monday.

"We demand effective security measures for teachers. State agencies should take responsibility for this incident," said chairman Sanguan Intarak, adding the group would reassess the situation before schools reopened early next week.

Ms Chatsuda Nilsuwan, 32, who was shot as she left school on Monday, became the 155th education worker killed in the Thai south, which has been in the grip of insurgency for nearly nine years.