Gov’t asked to offer more welfare to teachers in South

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PATTANI, Jan 16 – The government and agencies concerned should hasten implementation of assistance measures proposed by teachers in violence-plagued Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala, the chairman of the Teachers Confederation of the Three Southern Border Provinces said today, Teachers’ Day.

Boonsom Thongsriplai said the proposals include boosting teacher’s welfare.  There has been no definite action so far, he added.

Teachers also requested an increased teachers’ allowance in active insurgent areas of Bt1,000/ month.

However, in general, teachers still have good morale in working in the insurgency impacted region, the teachers’ leader said.

Most teachers’ transfer requests are to locations within the border provinces while fewer than 100 teachers asked for relocation to other areas.

A memorial day for teachers in the South will be held in late January or early February. The prime minister will be invited to preside, he said.

Meanwhile, Democrat Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut said on Teachers’ Day that the party called for the government to provide more welfare and safety for teachers and take the problem of attacks on teachers and teachers’ welfare and safety requests more seriously.

Compensation for a dead teacher should be raised to four million baht for each case as well as allowance for teachers in violence- plagued zones.

Phongthep Thepkanchana, Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister pledged to implement measures proposed by teachers but there has been no tangible result as yet, said Mr Chavanond.