Skip to comments.Schools in the south likely to re-open (Thailand: teachers to use weapons to protect themselves)
Posted on 01/04/2005 7:24:06 PM PST by miltonim
PATTANI, JAN 5 (TNA) Schools in Thailand's three southern-most provinces are expected to re-open on Wednesday after new safety measures were mapped out.
Government officials, police, soldiers and representatives of the teacher federation in the country's three southern border provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani met on Tuesday to revise safety measures in order to protect teachers from insurgent attacks, the Deputy Director of the southern provinces peacekeeping command, Siva Sangmanee told TNA.
The meeting considered improved safety plans.
Teachers, who attended the meeting, told TNA that they were satisfied with the proposed plans.
They are much better than the existing measures, said a teachers spokesman.
The safety measures in the plan include training teachers to use weapons to protect themselves. Defence volunteers and local leaders will jointly guard schools.
Schools confident of the new safety measures are expected to re-open on Wednesday, but schools in some areas which are not ready are likely to remain closed.
Some schools in safer areas re-opened on Tuesday, according to a TNA reporter in the area.
Schools in the three southern-most provinces have shut down since 22 December after several teachers were killed in drive-by shootings.
Violent unrest has swept through the three southern provinces over the past year, leaving more than 700 casualties.
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