(24 November) The director of the Office of Basic Education Commission of Thailand (OBEC) has asked the anti-government protesters to disperse as soon as possible as their massive rally had forced many schools to shut down.
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has ordered 24 schools to close, citing safety concerns for the students, while the administrators of Satri Wittaya School had no other choice than shutting down due to its extreme proximity to the rally stage at Democracy Monument.
According to Mr. Anont Sukhprakkit, OBEC director, said more schools might follow suit if the school principals deem it necessary.
Mr. Anont also pleaded to the protesters to disband due to the approaching end of the semester and final exams. "Morever, many students are going through university and college admission exams and need to attend schools," Mr. Anont said, adding that the OBEC is currently working to arrange additional classes for the students on weekends if possible.
Secretary to the OBEC, Mr Aphichat Jirawutthilekhatigarn, had also instructed many schools to be aware of the students’ safety during the political turmoil. Schools are appointed to report the situation at noon and evenings to the 24 hour coordinate centre arranged by OBEC to observe the situation.
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