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Activist Nuttaa sends open letter, complaint to education minister on boy’s death

Sep 10. 2020
Nuttaa Mahattana
Nuttaa Mahattana
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By THE NATION

Activist Nuttaa Mahattana said via social media yesterday (September 9) that she has sent an open letter to the education minister about the case of a schoolboy who died after being forced to do 100 squat jumps. She also complained about the way the ministry works.

The boy was forced to do the squat jumps on September 3 for failing to submit his homework.

Nuttaa’s post mentioned that yesterday was the boy’s cremation ceremony.

In the letter, the activist told the minister corporal punishment was a violation of the ministry’s laws, as well as a violation of children’s rights according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

She said she had submitted documents on July 10 to the ministry’s permanent secretary after several right violations.

Nuttaa demanded the ministry show responsibility, punish bad teachers and promote its complaints channel. She also wanted the ministry to reform its punishment procedures of erring teachers.

However, what she received from the ministry was only a letter informing her that it got her letter.

The activist pointed out that corporal punishment across the country showed the ministry’s and its subsidiaries’ “inefficiency” in making schools a safe zone.

Nuttaa demanded that the ministry consider her demands on July 10 and reform its operational rules. She asked the ministry to take responsibility for the dead boy.

In her letter, she also said the Education Ministry must have a long-term plan to deal with authoritarianism in schools.

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