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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thai Visa (dot) com

I think this is the BEST ‘expat’ source of information for people who:

LIVE in Thialand


– are considering MOVING to Thailand


– are simply thinking about VISITING Thailand



April 23, 2011 Posted by | accomodation, climate, cost of living, education, employment, entertainment, marriage, medical, restaurants, retirement, transportation, visa | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thailand to hire 300 native English teachers

BANGKOK: — The Office of Basic Education Commission (Obec) will seek a Bt350million budget to hire 300 native English-speaking teachers for its primary and secondary schools to tackle the shortage of English teachers, a senior official said yesterday.

According to the proposal, the native speakers would each get about Bt1 million (+/-$33,000USD) per year – a salary of Bt83,000 (+/-$2,700USD) per month – compared to the Bt9,000 (+/-$300USD) per month drawn by Thais teaching English.

Obec chief Chinaphat Phumirat said the foreign teachers would be from the United States, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, India and the Philippines.


Personal opinion:

1) I think the RATES are MUCH TOO HIGH; especially if they recruit ‘Native English Speakers’ from India and the Philippines.

btw: ‘Native English Speakers’ from India and the Phillipines’ ; well, good luck with that!

2) I think it ‘might’ be a good idea to hire 300 native English teachers.

However, I can’t help but wonder if instead of teaching primary/secondary students, if it would be more beneficial to help the ‘Thai university education majors’ with their English, and HOW to teach English.

3) For the U.S. cadidates, if for no other reason than ‘screening’, the Office of Basic Education could/should co-ordinated with the Peace Corps.

and last but not least,

4) Thai colleges and universities graduates thousands of teachers every year, and I have my doubts that this ‘proposal’ is ‘politically feasable’.

March 30, 2011 Posted by | education, employment | , , | Leave a comment