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17 January 2011 :: 11:01:34 am 49026

Teachers in violence-plagued southern provinces urge government to improve benefits

BANGKOK, Jan 16 -- A representative of teachers from three troubled southern border provinces Sunday urged the government to offer better welfare for them as teachers nationwide celebrated the annual Teachers’ Day.
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The request was made by Boonsom Thongsriprai, president of the Three Border Provinces Teachers Federation, urging the government to improve intelligence security network in the three troubled provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat for the safety of teachers.

Mr Boonsom said a total of 138 teachers were killed in the region since the renewed violence began seven years ago and the number of teachers who died was considered the highest in the world.

The latest schoolteacher victim was seen Saturday when two unidentified gunmen shot him dead in Pattani province just after he finished teaching and was heading for home on his motorcycle.

On a planned visit to preside over ‘Teachers’ Day in Memory for the Brave Slain in the Southern Border Provinces’ to be held in Pattani on Monday by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, Mr Boonsom said teachers would not ask for any special request from him except that the government raises their monthly risk stipend to Bt3,500 from the current Bt2,500 and to lower the interest on loans given to teachers in the region.

Mr Abhisit, meanwhile, said during his weekly TV and radio address that the quality of teachers must improve. The most urgent task for the government to achieve educational reform in the country is to lower the number of hours of teaching, and reduce the responsibility of individual teachers by reducing he number of students in the class.

A draft law involving a salary increase for teachers will be submitted to the House of Representatives when Parliament reopens in late January and it is hoped that that the House will approve the measure in this session, Mr Abhisit said.

Deputy Interior Minister Thaworn Senneam said while presiding over the Teachers’ Day fair in Yala that teachers in the troubled region should inform security officials in advance before making a journey and they should not travel alone, especially in lonely areas.

Some 4,000 people have been killed in the three restive southern provinces since renewed violence erupted in Jan 2004.

Report by : MCOT online news

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