Southern teachers’ federation to meet following deaths of two more teachers in Pattani

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PATTANI, Dec 12 — The Confederation of Teachers of the Three Southern Border Provinces will consider their next move after two more teachers including a school principal were killed in Pattani on Tuesday. 

Boonsom Thongsriprai, chairman of the Confederation of Teachers of the Three Southern Border Provinces, expressed sorrow at the deaths of two more teachers despite security measures being stepped up to give protection for teachers working in the southern border provinces.

He said that the Confederation is convening a meeting of school administrators and teachers from three southernmost provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat and from three districts of Songkhla today to assess the situation and review security measures for teachers.

He said the attacks against teachers have severely affected the morale of teachers particularly Buddhist teachers.

That the teachers have become the target recently was the intention of the insurgents as the teachers were soft target, he said.

Mr Boonsom said until now there has been no decision whether Pattani schools will be closed in response to the latest attack.

The meeting came after a male teacher and a female school principal at Ban Ba Ngo School in Mayo district were shot to death inside their school in the latest—and most intrusive–fatal attack on teachers to date.

Ban Ba Ngo School remained closed today after the incident panicked teachers and students.