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Thai-language teacher suspended for throwing books at her students

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A Thai-language teacher was suspended after she was caught on video throwing textbooks at her students and even hitting a teenage student in the head with a book. Khun Sudawan, a teacher at the Manchasuksa State Secondary School in the Isaan province Khon Kaen, had been checking over class assignments and noticed many students had not finished.

As Sudawan started to raise her voice, some of the students in the back of the classroom started recording her outburst on their mobile phones. The videos show the teacher throwing the textbooks at the students, ages 16 to 17, and hitting a student in the head with a book.

The video was shared on social media and the school board decided to suspend Sudawan while school officials investigate. The local Secondary Educational Service Area Office is also reviewing the incident to determine whether the teacher should return to work or have her teaching license revoked.

The school’s deputy director said “Ms. Sudawan is now suspended and we have issued her with a warning for her aggressive behavior. A substitute teacher will handle her class in the meantime.”

The deputy director also said the teacher had already apologized to school officials and the students, some of whom had accepted the apology and said sorry to her in return for not doing the work.

There was a mixed reaction from the students in the class and one of the students, Amarit Tuankham, said that the teacher was very committed to the class and teaching. She also went on to say that they were wrong not to have finished the assignment and did not expect that reaction from the teacher.

The student who filmed the incident, Nantaporn Paedmod, said she deserved to be suspended as she should not have acted aggressively.

SOURCE: Pattaya Today

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17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Stupid is as stupid does

    Lazy is as lazy does

    But the same low achieving students can probably ace game apps that they play several hours each day.

    Question to all foreigners here reading this.

    Have you noticed that almost every Thai you come into contact needs a calculator to give you change for 100 or 200 baht?

    They cannot function doing the simplest of math problems.

  2. Rather than making this a story about a teacher, this should be about the lazy unambitious students. When did it become normal and ok to become unprepared to class? It’s a western phenomenon and Thailand should not copy this idiotic habit. Thailand and it’s students should and could be better when it comes to respect for school and be grateful for having the opportunity to attend school.

  3. Nowadays, if students choose to do absolutely nothing, it is seen as the teachers’ and school’s fault, and the students still get promoted. This is the case in the West as well.

  4. Students being given minimum passing grades for nothing is an example of why Thailand will never be a high tech machine in line with a governmental plan. Very different vibe than Japan or Korea where academic achievement is valued by most students.

    Why don’t they require all students learn how to code similar to Estonia? The government knows where they want to go but lacks a plan and the desire to get there.

  5. Suspending the teacher sent the wrong message. They should have just told her to take a week off and relax and then chose a real SOB for a substitute. A former drill instructor, prison guard, or Nurse Ratchet would be about right.

  6. There should always be a policy that cellphones in the classroom is stringently prohibited. Students mind playing mobile games inside rather than listening which I presumed is the DUMBEST idea that students should afhere.

  7. A Teacher is a Teacher, we need to respect as long as it is related to education. Bringing such issues to public media needs to stop, this needs to get resolved at school level, cell phones should be strictly NO NO in schools, irrespective of student or teacher.

    Bring up of any kid has many phases, if you want the kids to have a better future, just follow systems instead of criticizing and making mockery out of it.

  8. To be fair, Ben, “minimum passing grades for nothing” … “regardless if they compete assignments” isn’t strictly true as it doesn’t always happen in schools I know and some students are back-termed – probably not enough, though, and I agree genuine “academic achievment” deserves a higher reward.

    Also agree with Geoff 100% – phones in class just shouldn’t happen.

  9. In private schools,75 is set as the minimum passing grade,even if students are incapable of completing their assignments.This is to encourage parents to send their kids to these schools.It is all about money-making than education.As for government schools,the prinicpals decide on the minimum passing grade.However,students move up to the next grade,even if they do not make the grade.

  10. Looking at the video, nothing like the report.

    The teacher never threw text books at students. She opened their soft back exercise books at her desk, and any that hadn’t didn’t have the assignment completed she threw, in turn, to the side of the classroom – nowhere near the students.

    She didn’t hit a student “in the head”, but one made a comment (unclear) and she hit him on the back of his shoulder with his exercise book.

    I wouldn’t have said she did anything wrong at all – a massive exaggeration.

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17 Comments

  1. Stupid is as stupid does

    Lazy is as lazy does

    But the same low achieving students can probably ace game apps that they play several hours each day.

    Question to all foreigners here reading this.

    Have you noticed that almost every Thai you come into contact needs a calculator to give you change for 100 or 200 baht?

    They cannot function doing the simplest of math problems.

  2. Rather than making this a story about a teacher, this should be about the lazy unambitious students. When did it become normal and ok to become unprepared to class? It’s a western phenomenon and Thailand should not copy this idiotic habit. Thailand and it’s students should and could be better when it comes to respect for school and be grateful for having the opportunity to attend school.

  3. Nowadays, if students choose to do absolutely nothing, it is seen as the teachers’ and school’s fault, and the students still get promoted. This is the case in the West as well.

  4. Students being given minimum passing grades for nothing is an example of why Thailand will never be a high tech machine in line with a governmental plan. Very different vibe than Japan or Korea where academic achievement is valued by most students.

    Why don’t they require all students learn how to code similar to Estonia? The government knows where they want to go but lacks a plan and the desire to get there.

  5. Suspending the teacher sent the wrong message. They should have just told her to take a week off and relax and then chose a real SOB for a substitute. A former drill instructor, prison guard, or Nurse Ratchet would be about right.

  6. There should always be a policy that cellphones in the classroom is stringently prohibited. Students mind playing mobile games inside rather than listening which I presumed is the DUMBEST idea that students should afhere.

  7. A Teacher is a Teacher, we need to respect as long as it is related to education. Bringing such issues to public media needs to stop, this needs to get resolved at school level, cell phones should be strictly NO NO in schools, irrespective of student or teacher.

    Bring up of any kid has many phases, if you want the kids to have a better future, just follow systems instead of criticizing and making mockery out of it.

  8. To be fair, Ben, “minimum passing grades for nothing” … “regardless if they compete assignments” isn’t strictly true as it doesn’t always happen in schools I know and some students are back-termed – probably not enough, though, and I agree genuine “academic achievment” deserves a higher reward.

    Also agree with Geoff 100% – phones in class just shouldn’t happen.

  9. In private schools,75 is set as the minimum passing grade,even if students are incapable of completing their assignments.This is to encourage parents to send their kids to these schools.It is all about money-making than education.As for government schools,the prinicpals decide on the minimum passing grade.However,students move up to the next grade,even if they do not make the grade.

  10. Looking at the video, nothing like the report.

    The teacher never threw text books at students. She opened their soft back exercise books at her desk, and any that hadn’t didn’t have the assignment completed she threw, in turn, to the side of the classroom – nowhere near the students.

    She didn’t hit a student “in the head”, but one made a comment (unclear) and she hit him on the back of his shoulder with his exercise book.

    I wouldn’t have said she did anything wrong at all – a massive exaggeration.

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