Chiang Rai school apologizes for seeking student Facebook passwords

A file photo of the Chiang Rai Municipality 6 School.
A file photo of the Chiang Rai Municipality 6 School.

A school in Chiang Rai apologized yesterday after one of its teachers asked students to provide passwords to access their phones and social media platforms. 

Chiang Rai Municipality 6 School in the northernmost province came under fire after students were asked to fill out “IT questions” on a questionnaire with the passwords to their social media accounts for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, among other questions.

Here is part of the questionnaire’s IT section:

“1.Brand of the phone….. Model……

2.Expense of internet use ( )………. baht per month, ( ) …………… baht per day

3.Phone’s password that’s expected to be used all the time ……………..”

Facebook account (1) …………………. Password …………….

Facebook account (2) …………………. Password …………….

Instagram account (1) …………………. Password …………….

Instagram account (2) …………………. Password …………….

Twitter account …………………. Password …………….

A former student soon had spread the questionnaire online, where it was roundly criticized for invading student privacy, leading the school to publish an apology for the “mistake.”

“From the incident that school personnel arbitrarily created the questionnaire, our administrative team must apologize for the mistake,” read the statement signed by school director Prachuan Kuanpetch.  

The reason for the questionnaire was not disclosed, nor was how many students completed it. The teacher responsible for creating it wasn’t identified. 

However, the school said that it would investigate the incident and impose “stricter” measures to prevent it from recurring.

“We will order every employee of the school to ask for permission from the executives if they are doing any questionnaire that involves personal information,” it said.

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