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Schools free to open for new semester, despite martial law

Despite the martial law, schools under the Office of the Basic Education Commission can reopen for the new semester this week, OBEC deputy secretary-general Kamol Rodkhlai said yesterday.

He said Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha had said that though martial law had been declared, the public should not panic but carry out its daily routine normally. The OBEC does not need to send a memo to the management of schools in regard to their reopening. Some schools, located close to the People's Democratic Reform Committee's (PDRC) rally, have postponed their reopening for the first semester of the 2014 academic year because several nearby roads are closed to traffic and there's concern for students' safety.

He said these schools should follow political developments closely and reassess the situation. If they were confident the atmosphere was not too worrying, they could also reopen for the new semester this week.

Mathayom Wat Makutkasat School, located close to the PDRC site near the United Nations office, has postponed its reopening as protesters are using the school's toilets and resting on its lawns. Wat Makut Kasattiyaram School also faces the same situation. Both are seeking cooperation from the PDRC to leave their school compounds. The Wat Somanas School and Anuban Watparinayok School have postponed their first semester to May 22.

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