Unis and schools in Bangkok to close on Monday

Hundreds of schools in Bangkok have cancelled classes on Monday as demonstrators led by the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) plan to "shut down" the capital.

The Office of the Private Education Commission has announced that all 207 Bangkok schools under its supervision will suspend classes on Monday.

"After that, we will assess the situation on a day-by-day basis," the office's secretary general Bundit Sriputtangul said yesterday.

The Education Ministry will also close 245 of its Bangkok-schools on Monday.

According to caretaker Education Minister Chaturon Chaisang, more than 200,000 teachers and students will be affected.

Several universities have also decided to temporarily suspend classes at campuses in Bangkok.

Thammasat, for instance, has suspended classes at its Tha Prachan campus from Monday to Wednesday, although deans and executives at its Rangsit, Pathum Thani campus have the freedom to decide if they want to open.

Chulalongkorn University has also suspended all classes until Wednesday and members of staff who cannot make it to work will not lose any annual vacation days.

Silpakorn, meanwhile, has announced that it will suspend all its classes on Monday, the day the PDRC begins its shutdown campaign.

"We will monitor the situation on a day-to-day basis and decide whether we should continue suspending classes," the university said in an announcement.

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