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Jimjim1968

30K cap. What is this?

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With the cost of living constantly going up I can't imagine many teachers staying for that. In my mind 30k is already a bare minimum salary to live on for Westerners. To go back to the UK to see family and friends would be 1 months salary before even adding spending money.

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You will find that it is up to the school, I cannot see the government doing this. They have recalled 10,000 retired Thai teachers. Retired after 5 years teaching in Thailand.

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I no longer teach them, thank God.

I would love to see a total ban on foreign teachers of any kind, good or bad, then within an incredibly short time the country would show its true colours.

The thinking is unique to them so the best thing for all concerned would be to allow the thinking to follow its natural course. i.e. down the proverbial.

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Would love to know the source of this rumour.

And how they would ever plan to implement it on the teachers currently earning much more than 30k.

Yes, they have said they want to reduce the number of foreign teachers, but not like this.....................wink.png

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Hey guys

I am not a teacher.

Haha, work for 30k THB a month and you have a degree.....

One would have to be desperate I reckon.

Yep OK I understand teacher dedication as my brother was a teacher in Australia but really, 30k THB!

I give my wife that for her found money and I pay everything else.

And I am a pensioner ..of sorts.

Haha what a joke. Would westerners ever even consider that?

Regards

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Yes, they may be looking to reducing the number of foreign teachers from UK, America etc, so they may cap salaries in the future to 30k as stated. This was bought about by the recent discovery that many teachers working here without correct papers, qualifications and were far from professional etc.

I guess you couldn't argue with them given the quality of expat teachers in Thailand.

Could you show me some evidence to back up you claim about the quality of teachers?

Thailand has some of the worst PISA scores in the region, and declining further seems to be the trend. Teachers working here are part of that, as much as people would like to deny it.

What evidence are you looking for in specific? It's long been a nation where people work illegally without the proper paperwork. Do you expect someone to post up a specific number of individuals?

Why blame the problem on the TEFL guys who, however unqualified they may be, probably do a far better job teaching languages than the local staff do?

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Yes, they may be looking to reducing the number of foreign teachers from UK, America etc, so they may cap salaries in the future to 30k as stated. This was bought about by the recent discovery that many teachers working here without correct papers, qualifications and were far from professional etc.

I guess you couldn't argue with them given the quality of expat teachers in Thailand.

Could you show me some evidence to back up you claim about the quality of teachers?

Thailand has some of the worst PISA scores in the region, and declining further seems to be the trend. Teachers working here are part of that, as much as people would like to deny it.

What evidence are you looking for in specific? It's long been a nation where people work illegally without the proper paperwork. Do you expect someone to post up a specific number of individuals?

I think what's being said as you say, and correct me if wrong, is that there seems to be tremendous numbers of English speaking people that profess knowledge in this country, but when it comes down to it, they're illusionists who talk a lot and never seem able to back things up. If you look close at the avatar it can possibly be seen that's a question I always ask now, too.

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Apart from those at Universities and International the salary has been around the 30K mark for at least 10 years....the Thai minimum wage has almost doubled in that same period and most earning a lot more. With prices the way they are now I cant see the point in anyone teaching here at that salary unless for a few months as a life experience.

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I can't imagine this being true.

That's fractionally more than the monthly housing allowance at my school. Not a single teacher would remain should salaries be capped at 30k.

Indeed. This would close every international school in the country overnight. An unlikely prospect.

Not a chance. That would be almost like a coup d'etat

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There is a great shortage of professional native speaking English teachers in BKK and Phuket, so God only knows why they want to make the situation even worse!

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It fits with typical hare brained plans they dream up to screw up economy, so wouldn't be surprised in the least if true.

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I was minding my own business at McDonalds in Silom and a young pretty approached me and basically told me to come up to her office as they were looking for guys just like me to teach English. They were offering 30k in 2008. With all the inflation in thailand I'm shocked that they are still only offering that.

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Yes, they may be looking to reducing the number of foreign teachers from UK, America etc, so they may cap salaries in the future to 30k as stated. This was bought about by the recent discovery that many teachers working here without correct papers, qualifications and were far from professional etc.

I guess you couldn't argue with them given the quality of expat teachers in Thailand.

Could you show me some evidence to back up you claim about the quality of teachers?

Thailand has some of the worst PISA scores in the region, and declining further seems to be the trend. Teachers working here are part of that, as much as people would like to deny it.

What evidence are you looking for in specific? It's long been a nation where people work illegally without the proper paperwork. Do you expect someone to post up a specific number of individuals?

I think what's being said as you say, and correct me if wrong, is that there seems to be tremendous numbers of English speaking people that profess knowledge in this country, but when it comes down to it, they're illusionists who talk a lot and never seem able to back things up. If you look close at the avatar it can possibly be seen that's a question I always ask now, too.

"is that there seems to be tremendous numbers of English speaking people that profess knowledge in this country, but when it comes down to it, they're illusionists who talk a lot and never seem able to back things up"

Especially among the TV crew with experts on: how to run a country, CSI, reporting / journalism, proofreading of news articles (when their own bemoaning is riddled with errors), cultural awareness to name but a few.

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I was minding my own business at McDonalds in Silom and a young pretty approached me and basically told me to come up to her office as they were looking for guys just like me to teach English. They were offering 30k in 2008. With all the inflation in thailand I'm shocked that they are still only offering that.

I earned 25-27.5K 15 years ago in a country town. Salaries haven't changed all that much in that time. Yet living costs/rent/petrol are much higher now. That explains why there are much less long term expat teachers here - most schools employ either non-natives or backpackers on a gap year.

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Are many of them actually worth 30k? Thai teachers have to work years to get on that rate.

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