Language schools in Thailand's border provinces see spike in number of students in Thailand News Posted April 9, 2014 Any native English speaker that has a background police check and some sort of TEFL Ccert should be not only be allowed to teach, but actively helped with automatic one year visas and work permits. The aim of having a native speaker for every class in Thailand for at least one lesson a day from KG-M6. This would be greatly beneficial to the future of Thailand, but would eat the Thais up, making it so easy for Westerners here. The ASEAN hub of cutting off one's nose tomspite one's face. Not so sure about that; yes the paperwork is a pain, but the real problem is the Thai government education system, the huge class sizes, all the days off and standing on ceremony that eat into classroom time, etc. Corruption is also rampant in the MoE. It seldom gets mentioned, but it siphons off resources big time. There are more native English speakers working as teachers in Thailand by far than any of its Asean neighbors, yet the country still comes in last in terms of proficiency. I don't believe a TEFL certificate should be required to teach here and haven't noted any overall increase in teacher quality since it became a requirement. I guess it is good for teachers starting at 'ground zero' in terms of experience, but I don't think it should be a requirement for experienced teachers who don't have it and don't want to waste time and money just to get a piece of paper...It's that type of paper-chasing mentality that is part of the problem, not the solution, IMHO... I don't believe anyone who was a brick layer, truck driver, factory worker, garbage man or any other profession other than teacher should teach English in Thailand. You want to blame the poor level of English on anything, then the level of utter rubbish teaching the language would be as good a place to start as any. Needless to say wages would need to improve to attract real teachers, but the utter cax masquerading as teachers is nothing short of shameless. Having both TEFL and an English degree i would say that the TEFL provided much better training than the degree itself. To be honest, no degree in any field (even education) can make up for experience teaching in the field. Someone with a degree in education might discover that they have no classroom management skills once they start working. And if you narrow down the field to the point where only people with degrees in education can teach in Thailand, then the selection pool would be so low that those few who are eligible would then need to be paid higher salaries that most schools can't afford (supply and demand). Nearly every one here with a degree in education are already teaching in international schools making anywhere from 60,000 baht a month to 200,000+ a month. I think the real problem here is the lack of interest from both the schools and students. They just don't care all that much.