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Some universities reject class cancellation order

Some teachers and students of six universities urged others not to join the mass rally on December 9, saying all should heed His Majesty the King's call.

A post on Pantip.com showed banners of some universities including Chulalongkorn University, Thammasat University and Kasetsart University, urging all lecturers and students to maintain their teaching and learning activities.

"The majority of members of the six leading institutions confirm classes on December 9, to best carry out their duty as instructed by His Majesty the King," the post said.

On his speech on December 5, His Majesty the King urged all Thais to perform their duties by taking the benefits and unity of the nation into account.

It also said that classes at Ramkhamhaeng University and Khon Kaen University would remain open on the day.

The post follows an announcement last week by the Council of University Presidents of Thailand that all classes at leading universities would be cancelled on the day.

A group of 135 university lecturers earlier signed a petition, opposing to the resolution.

In a letter to Chulalongkorn University lecturer Pitch Pongsawat, a lecturer from Prince of Songkhla University in Pattani said classes at the southernmost university had been rarely cancelled despite violence in the region.

Now in Aceh, Indonesia, she was told that classes there were cancelled for a day in 1998 when the university’s rector and students were shot.

"The CUPT opposes the blanket bill. Then why it announced a blanket resolution like this?" she asked.


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