Thai students seeking reforms debate education minister

Round 2 of a dialogue between Thailand’s education minister and high school students seeking radical reforms has taken place with a robust though mostly polite exchange of views but no resolution

BANGKOK — Round 2 of a dialogue between Thailand’s education minister and high school students seeking radical reforms took place Saturday, with a robust though mostly polite exchange of views but no resolution.

What had been billed by the students as a debate with Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan was a rare example of an open conversation between a senior politician and the younger generation that is not seen much in Thai society.

The students, who have dubbed their group Bad Students in self-mocking humor, are demanding an end to harassment for their activities, abolition of outmoded draconian regulations and total reform of the educational system.

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