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Jimjim1968

30K cap. What is this?

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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.

Exactly, if your skill amounts to being able to speak your native language, you're lucky to have a job.

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Sounds like a rumour.

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Average household income is close to 26,000 thb per month in Thailand....if anyone is going to get a decent raise, it will be the Thai teachers.

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I have never met a "Qualified Teacher" in Thailand.

I have no doubt there are a few hidden in expensive, private International schools.

The majority of "teachers" seem to be those without W/P's or appropriate visas.

The Thai authorities are justified in taking any and all steps needed to clear these unqualified impostors from Thai schools

Those who cannot obtain a Teaching post in their own country should be barred from "teaching" in Thailand.

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Average household income is close to 26,000 thb per month in Thailand....if anyone is going to get a decent raise, it will be the Thai teachers.

Yes because the farang are always on the receiving end of life time employment and a pension, not with standing the chance of graft that comes with senior positions.

Blinkers anyone?

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Responsible enough to care for 40 kids; but can't put 50 usd per month in an index fund, which would give you several times more than the Thai teacher pensions. Same goes for insisting on 12 paychecks per year, instead of 10 larger ones....kind of ironic that these are people trusted with educating young people.

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I have never met a "Qualified Teacher" in Thailand.

I have no doubt there are a few hidden in expensive, private International schools.

The majority of "teachers" seem to be those without W/P's or appropriate visas.

The Thai authorities are justified in taking any and all steps needed to clear these unqualified impostors from Thai schools

Those who cannot obtain a Teaching post in their own country should be barred from "teaching" in Thailand.

I've met dozens. I've never met an unqualified one. I guess it depends who you hang out with.

I'm sure both kinds exist though. Why do some people struggle to understand that there are things outside their personal experience?

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From my experience it's not as much to do with the quality of teachers and more to do with the lack of support the schools give these teachers.

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another thread based on unsubstantiated rumour that will quickly become 'fact' in the farang staffrooms of Thailand.

Wur doomed Captain Mainwaring.

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I have never met a "Qualified Teacher" in Thailand.

I have no doubt there are a few hidden in expensive, private International schools.

The majority of "teachers" seem to be those without W/P's or appropriate visas.

The Thai authorities are justified in taking any and all steps needed to clear these unqualified impostors from Thai schools

Those who cannot obtain a Teaching post in their own country should be barred from "teaching" in Thailand.

I've met dozens. I've never met an unqualified one. I guess it depends who you hang out with.

I'm sure both kinds exist though. Why do some people struggle to understand that there are things outside their personal experience?

Nearly everyone in my office has teaching qualification (not tefl), and this is not an international school :)

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why would qualified western teachers want to to teach in non international Schools for a pittance in Thailand, when they could earn so much more at home and have a career instead of an insecure job going nowhere?

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And maybe 30,000 a month will no longer be under the radar much longer as well. Thai revenue law wise. Thailand has the same test as most countries do, you are not taxed on your nationality but on whether you were or were not physically on Thai soil for 180 days or more, does not have to be contiguous. And don't forget, FATCA (the new USA law to combat money landering, drug trading and tax evasion) is a trend for all counries, and when Thailand signs onto a higher protocal, it will be even more imposing not just for Americans. Just added some more stuff on top of this for you because... Thailand's education system needs a really really big overhaul.... it's what hurts the country.. economically, politicially... and that means socially as well. And farlang who associate with it are not doing anything except freeing up civil service ajarn teaching schedules.

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why would qualified western teachers want to to teach in non international Schools for a pittance in Thailand, when they could earn so much more at home and have a career instead of an insecure job going nowhere?

Have you ever worked in a US school system. Petty behaviors, 9 month contracts, non tenured staff have no protections. Every principal acts like a little Napoleon or Caesar. Plus working in urban schools in the US is like being a jail guard and working in suburban schools is like being a drug counselor, not to mention the fact that working as a teacher in the US is about the most boring place you can imagine. Shall I continue ?

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No, but then I never met an american teaching here either.

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