Thai government official strikes for more security for teachers in southern part of Thailand, where an ongoing insurgency by Muslim separatist groups has left more than 150 teachers dead since 2004.
A need of stronger security for teachers in government schools in the southern Thailand. In January 2004, the ethnic Malay Muslim separatist insurgents were involved killing almost 160 teachers and staff from government-run schools.
On Human Rights Watch 2012 report, school teachers at the public schools were the main target of the attacks. An incident in December 11 2012 ethnic Malay Muslim insurgents entered a school in Pattani Province and attacked two Thai Budhist teachers.
Boonsom Thongsriprai, chairman of the Confederation of Teachers of the Three Southern Border Provinces comments,
“The best thing we need to do for teachers and workers in the education field is to strengthen security measures,” Thai education minister Chaturon Chaisang told IRIN.
His comments come less than a week after a roadside bomb exploded in Chanae District in southern Narathiwat Province, killing two female teachers and seriously wounding one other, in what was described by local media as “the worst day for teachers for months”.
The vast majority of teachers and other education personnel killed by insurgents in the predominantly Muslim region have been ethnic Thai Buddhists. Insurgents have also targeted ethnic Malay Muslim teachers at government schools and those Islamic school administrators who resist insurgents’ efforts to use classrooms for indoctrination and recruiting local report says.
Despite the on going peace talks between Thai officials and members of Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) militant group, some reported attack incidents continue.