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‘Bad Student’ group plan protest after alleged abuse at Sarasas school

Caitlin Ashworth



PHOTO: Last month's 'Bad Student' protest - AP/Sakchai Lalit

After reports of a kindergarten teacher allegedly abusing and mistreating students, a group of Bangkok high school students known as “Bad Students” will rally in front of the Ministry of Education office tomorrow, calling on the Education Minister to step up.

A teacher at the Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School in Nonthaburi, a suburb in Bangkok, was caught on classroom surveillance camera video pushing a kindergarten student to the floor, dragging another across the classroom and hitting others. That teacher was fired and faces charges of physical assault and violating the Child Protection Act.

The Bad Students say Education Minister Nuttapol Teepuwan did nothing to solve the problems of alleged abuse at the school. The same group of students rallied in front of the office last month, calling on the minister to allow free expression of political views at the schools.

The student activists are planning to rally around 5pm. They plan to have trucks stop by various schools on the way. It’s unclear how many students will turn up, but a Thai actress posted on Twitter that she will bring food and 700 bottles of water to support the protesters.



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    Jeremy Schol

    Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    It’s quite obviously the government wants to remove the entire Sarasas School group.
    No doubt Sarasas student’s are out-performing govt. schools and making their students look totally uneducated. Remove the benchmark and they start to look good. The govt. can’t deal with highly educated students – keep the population quiet, in the jungle, and simply remove opportunities. SHAME ON YOU!

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    Amnaat J

    Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    I am glad students are taking action. Education Minter, Directors under him I have experienced never cared on educational aspects instead they are busy either having meetings every day and or Minister travelling on grounds of bringing better education. Requirements of NES teachers is nothing but an excuse from schools to extort big money from parents. Foreign teachers are only for money and far from dedication.
    I am with the students
    A recently force majeure retired Thai english teacher

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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