Prestige school won’t allow transgender teachers-The Nation
June 10, 2012
School turns away third-sex trainees
The Nation: June 8, 2012
The Network of Sexual Identity is planning to take action against Suankularb Wittayalai School for not allowing university students of the third sex to do their teaching apprenticeships there.
“It’s sexual discrimination,” the network’s coordinator Natee Teerarotchanapong said yesterday, before heading to the Central Administrative Court to file a complaint.
Earlier yesterday, he also showed up at the Education Ministry, demanding that Education Minister Suchart Tadathamrongvej explain his policy about third-sex students.
“Sexual discrimination is in violation of the Constitution,” Natee said. The all-male Suankularb Wittayalai School yesterday defended its decision to not let third-sex students become trainee teachers.
“We want to prevent other students from imitating some behaviour,” the school’s director Cherdsak Suppasopon said.
He added that though he was not against people of the third sex, he could not accept them as trainee teachers because it was an all-male school.
“When I led a co-ed school, members of the third sex were welcome as teaching apprentices,” Cherdsak said, adding that he was planning to inform all relevant universities of Suankularb Wittayalai School’s policy to ensure that they send the right students for training.
Natee slammed the school for suggesting that it wanted to create only gentlemen, and was thus turning away teacher trainees of the third sex. He also criticised the school for failing to protect the dignity of third-sex students.
Meanwhile, the Suankularb Wittayalai School posted an apology on the Internet after third-sex students attacked it online.
“Suankularb Wittayalai should create gentle people, not gentle men,” Natee said, adding that his network has spoken up after the school asked its students to stop talking to the media about the issue.