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BANGKOK 25 April 2019 02:49

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In an older post of mine I received some nice responses related to teaching. I don't think I've asked before (or the regulations may have changed) but is there an upper age limit for teaching in Thai government schools? I'm fully qualified and have 11 or so years teaching, legit paperwork etc....

Any thoughts on it are welcome but I've already seen a fair amount of posts suggesting that the further away from BKK or Chang Mai you get the easier it gets - just curious about any specific age rules.

On a related question, I'm curious if with the recent expulsion of foreigners there aren't quite a few more openings?

Cheers.

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Thai teachers have to retire when they are 60 - though there have been rumors that that age will be raised soon because of the shortage of qualified teachers - and they can be immediately rehired as 'part-time teachers' if the school still needs them.

 

As a foreigner, you are not a government employee and are not bound by that rule.  Each school sets their own rules regarding retirement age for foreign teachers (or sometimes they just make them up on the spot!).  Some schools will not hire anyone over 40, others will make their foreign teachers retire at 60, others will chose some random age and yet others won't pay any attention to age.

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Just now, otherstuff1957 said:

Thai teachers have to retire when they are 60 - though there have been rumors that that age will be raised soon because of the shortage of qualified teachers - and they can be immediately rehired as 'part-time teachers' if the school still needs them.

 

As a foreigner, you are not a government employee and are not bound by that rule.  Each school sets their own rules regarding retirement age for foreign teachers (or sometimes they just make them up on the spot!).  Some schools will not hire anyone over 40, others will make their foreign teachers retire at 60, others will chose some random age and yet others won't pay any attention to age.

Thanks otherstuff. Similar process may be underway in Vietnam with the general public. Nothing here is clear though on it or whether they'd even care with foreigners.

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I think it shouldn't really matter about your age as long as you keep yourself well groomed and know your stuff! I have met people in the past who got their first teaching gigs in Thailand when they were in their late 50's.

 

Good luck!

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I have a co-teacher who was hired through an agency who is already 59.

 

It really depends on the needs of the school and their preference.

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8 hours ago, sensei said:

I have a co-teacher who was hired through an agency who is already 59.

 

It really depends on the needs of the school and their preference.

Good to hear. Often times I work as much or even more than a few of the younger teachers in terms of hours. Thanks for your response.

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The age for retirement for government teachers is 60, which is mandatory. After that some stay at the same or another school as contract teachers rather then civil servants and continue (part-time) teaching.

 

There really is no age restriction other than set by the employer. 

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Just now, Preacher said:

The age for retirement for government teachers is 60, which is mandatory. After that some stay at the same or another school as contract teachers rather then civil servants and continue (part-time) teaching.

 

There really is no age restriction other than set by the employer. 

Maybe  I could have been more specific in the original post. It sounds like you're referring to Thai citizens who're working in government jobs (including schools) who must retire at 60. As mentioned here and a time or two while in Thailand, it's often handled a bit more informally or possibly "forgotten" about in some schools. FWIW, I haven't got an opinion on it other than I'd hope for a "relaxed" approach that's still legal!

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What I say is that there is no law requiring people to stop working at age 60. Civil servants are retired at age 60, but can still continue work as a normal citizen. The law is not different for Thais and non-Thais. So it really is up to your employer if they want to (continue) to employ you or not at whatever age.

 

Some schools have advertised with not being over 45. I live up-country and my school knows that older people are more likely to stay for a longer time. Young people tend to like the big cities more than up-country and don't stay for very long. In short not enough disco's and bars with other foreigners.

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For some schools/ universities.... the upper limit is 65.   Now.. the way around this is going to the NAME only of Adjunct Prof... keeping you about as a specialist in whatever... Also if you are XXX enough to be considered administration bait, they find a way to keep the westerner....

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Yes, Thai citizens working as a government official must retire at age 60.  Being hired as a private citizen is up to the school but they do not receive government official benefits for their work after 60.  

 

As for farang, it is up to each school to determine what their hiring policies are.  I have known a couple of Farang Ajarns that taught at some prestigious Thai universities that were 67 & 68 and had been employed by their university for roughly 30 years.  

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Thanks Hanuman, interesting addition to the thread.

Cheers.

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On 3/6/2019 at 9:34 PM, Boomhauer said:

I think it shouldn't really matter about your age as long as you keep yourself well groomed and know your stuff! I have met people in the past who got their first teaching gigs in Thailand when they were in their late 50's.

 

Good luck!

It shouldn't and doesn't in the West,  but in this backward, ageist, sexist, society it does. The Thais only hurt themselves by alienating a set of former farang teachers who are a million times more experienced and capable than their own sorry bunch.  No, I'm not a teacher, nor an ex teacher, I just hate to see talent wasted. 

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