Student group critical of new education minister

The “Bad Student” group, comprised of high school students from around the country calling for education reform, criticized the appointment of the new Minister of Education on Tuesday night calling into question her previous record.

The “Bad Students” (นักเรียนเลว) had previously called for protest against the former education minister Nataphol Teepsuwan before he was removed from office by the Constitutional Court last month.

Among the demands of the group is the reform of the Thai curriculum, investigation by the ministry into alleged physical and sexual abuse by teachers, and an opposition to the military-imposed values that have been part of the curriculum since the generals took power in a military coup in 2014.

The appointment of Trinuch Thientong from the ruling party to the vacated post by the government on Tuesday evening was criticized by the group on its social media platform.

“The future of the students is just a cake to be shared by the adults. When Khun Trench eats her share of the cake, please do not be too gluttonous,” the students wrote on Twitter.

The students also called into question Trinuch’s previous voting record including her opposition to set up a panel for the LGBTQ community, her opposition to panels to investigate the effects of the junta’s absolute power, and her opposition to a panel to oppose future coups.

The government appointed Trinuch alongside Chaiwut Thanakmanusorn (Digital Economy Ministry) late on Tuesday evening to replace previous members who were disqualified by the Constitutional Court for leading street protests in 2014.

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