Over 60 teachers in Narathiwat seek transfers from insurgent active areas


NARATHIWAT, Dec 14 – Sixty-two teachers requested transfers from schools in active insurgency areas in this southern border province after a mounting campaign of assassination directed at teachers by the insurgency.

Charnwit Rangsau, a lawyer in the Primary Education Zone One in Narathiwat, said that teachers fear for their safety after successive recent attacks on teachers.

157 teachers have been killed since the insurgency reemerge in the troubled region in early 2004.

The Federation of Teachers in Three Southern Provinces this week close all schools yesterday and today to permit security agencies ‘sufficient time’ to assess their operations in providing teacher protection after two teachers were killed when apparent insurgents invaded a school lunchroom at Baan Bango School in Mayo district on Tuesday.