Thammasat anti-uniform ads sparks teacher’s uniform debate
The provocative anti-uniform adverts by Thammasat University students has led to a Facebook page suggesting that teachers should also wear uniforms to set a good example.
The Facebook page shows a photo of government teachers wearing their official bureaucratic uniform with the message:
“New policy: wear bureaucratic uniform every day for the better education of Thailand! No uniform, no teaching, no salary.”
The picture was posted with a sarcastic caption explaining why teachers should wear uniform:
“As you know the education of Thailand is going down, and every sector should take responsibility for it, not just the students. Teachers are highly responsible for the problem.
Uniform takes a major role in Thai education, and whoever wants to cancel uniform should be insulted. We all realize the importance of uniform, and to solve the problem, I’d like to suggest a new policy enforcing every teacher to wear uniform during official hours. (For high-school teachers, the haircut rule should be applied.)”
Thammasat University responded to the racy anti-uniform adverts on Monday, announcing that the wearing of student uniforms in class was not compulsory.
University rector Somkit Lertpaithoon insisted that Thammasat University students are not required to wear uniform, although it is encouraged, particularly during examinations, so that students can practice discipline needed for the workplace after they graduate, reported the Nation.
The university's student council is preparing to conduct a survey on the issue before discussing the matter with the administrators.
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