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Teachers join students in protest against director
« on: July 24, 2015, 05:57:18 PM »

Buayai Industrial and Community Education College students demand the removal of the school's director in Nakhon Ratchasima on Friday, July 24, 2015. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

NAKHON RATCHASIMA - Teachers joined about 500 students from the Buayai Industrial and Community Education College in a protest demanding the removal of director of the college on Friday.

They rallied at the provincial hall on Friday morning and requested to meet provincial governor Thongchai Leuadul. They wanted him to sign an order transfering the college director Wanna Duangsawang out of the school, accusing him of corruption.

Kittiwat Khamfu, chairman of the college’s student council, said that since Ms Wanna had taken over as director  in October 2014 she had been accused of corruption in several areas. These included overpriced uniforms for students, over ordering text books, buying overpriced chairs, overpriced water sold to students, and improper management of the budget for improving water facilities.

He said students had discussed the issue for over three months before deciding to petition the authorities to remove Ms Wanna from the college within 24 hours.

Ms Wanna talked to a reporter by telephone and said the protest action and petition were defamatory. She said some teachers were unhappy with her for interfering in their way of gaining personal benefits,  so they mobilised some of the students against her.

She said the protest group was a minority, as the college had more than 3,000 students.

Ms Wanna said all accusations were false and she had documents to prove that. She had already filed a police defamation complaint against the core protest leaders.

Students taking part in the protest would be disciplined for being absent from school. 

Later in the afternoon, governor Thongchai said that after talking with the Vocational Education Commission, Ms Wanna had been suspened from work for 15 days. A committee would be appointed to investigate the accusations within the next week.

The protesting students and teachers then dispersed.

Bangkok Post