Troubled southern schools to reopen Friday

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PATTANI, Nov 28 – More than 300 schools in this violence-plagued province in Thailand’s deep South, closed since Monday following the murder of a school principal, will reopen Friday.

ols will resume one day after the royally-sponsored cremation of Nanthana Kaewchan, principal of Ban Tha Kamcham School in Nong Chik district of Pattani. The teachers earlier announced their decision to boycott teaching unless the government improves security for them.

The Confederation of Teachers of Southern Region said teachers will return to classes on Friday to avoid pressure and criticism by parents, but the members called for sympathy to teachers who have been targets of repeated attacks.

Mr Pramook said the authorities have identified the suspects involved in Ms Nanthana’s death and they are collecting further evidence in order to issue an arrest warrant.

The shell casings are similar to those found in a shootout in Pattani’s Kok Pho and Nong Chik districts, he said.