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Working in sarasas witaed Ratchaphruek school

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Looks like it is near the Tiger/Heineken Brewery in Nonthaburi. I would first read up on the Sarasas Schools...probably 12-20 of them. Ome of them was kind of legendary. A farang teacher actually got a stroke of the cane across his calfs for talking during an assembly. The wrong place to work for 35K; you would be much better off in Isaan, even for a bit less.

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I worked at Sarasas witaed Thonburi. The Sarasas Witaed are typical semi private schools. Lots of rules and regulations for teachers and they had many unqualified and then illegal non natives teachers as well. It took almost 6 months for them to process my work permit and that was with my harassing their main office and threatening to quit. In the schools I knew teachers at as well as my school the teachers were treated like crap and the director was no good. Their previous director was taking money from salaries of foreigners and lying to them about their actual income and when it was found out she just transferred to save face. Expect fines for breaking their rules. Whatever you do I would not suggest you take their housing offered. Forced sharing and poor accommodations. I quit after a year and was happier.

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There are about 20 Sarasas schools. Each is administered separately and some of them have terrible reputations, while others seem to be ok. Try to get feedback about that particular school as info about the other schools in the chain will not necessarily be relevant.

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There are about 20 Sarasas schools. Each is administered separately and some of them have terrible reputations, while others seem to be ok. Try to get feedback about that particular school as info about the other schools in the chain will not necessarily be relevant.

There are about 40 of them. All family business. Philosophies are the same all over. They are all MBFO.

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Do they make the whole school do the 2 step every morning to Billy Ray Cyrus. They do at the one in Thanyaburi.

And they march to it's a small world after all. What a joke.

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I've met and worked with a lot of teachers who have worked at a number of the Sarasas Schools. As stated there are nearly 40 of them now (I believe they are building # 38 in Surat Thani). Some teachers have left and then later returned because the greener pastures weren't quite as green as they imagined.

As stated, there is a lot of variation from school to school, depending on the administration. Some provide housing and most provide a housing allowance, if they don't have housing available. There is a fair amount of freedom in allowing foreign teachers to live outside the school housing, but usually Filipinos are required to live in the housing.

I know one former teacher who worked for the school you mentioned and he seemed to think it was a reasonably good school. He left and worked at 3 other schools and said that what he didn't like at that school was simply replaced by a different set of negatives at the other schools.

I have also met a couple of current teachers in a social setting, but we didn't talk extensively about their experience. They didn't express any major negatives.

I would suggest trying to meet some existing staff at the school who can give you better insight into the working situation.

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Are they all catholic schools? one near us is, they even have an African working as a cleaner so their employment rules seem a bit dodgy. Kids seem happy enough though.

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Are they all catholic schools? one near us is, they even have an African working as a cleaner so their employment rules seem a bit dodgy. Kids seem happy enough though.

Well, happiness does not equate good education or good employer. I seldom hear anything positive about them.

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I won't say much, suffice to say there is no entry standard for the (high school) students in the school mentioned in the OP. That has a major impact on teaching and is one of my major gripes, especially when schools refuse to address the issue of students who consistently fail every subject every year. There are other better schools to work at.

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I worked at Sarasas witaed Thonburi. The Sarasas Witaed are typical semi private schools. Lots of rules and regulations for teachers and they had many unqualified and then illegal non natives teachers as well. It took almost 6 months for them to process my work permit and that was with my harassing their main office and threatening to quit. In the schools I knew teachers at as well as my school the teachers were treated like crap and the director was no good. Their previous director was taking money from salaries of foreigners and lying to them about their actual income and when it was found out she just transferred to save face. Expect fines for breaking their rules. Whatever you do I would not suggest you take their housing offered. Forced sharing and poor accommodations. I quit after a year and was happier.

Already enough information to look for a "better place." thumbsup.gif

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Do they make the whole school do the 2 step every morning to Billy Ray Cyrus. They do at the one in Thanyaburi.

And they march to it's a small world after all. What a joke.

Heheee they did the same when I worked at Thonburi.

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The owner is Catholic, I believe, but the schools are not Catholic. The guy in the picture is not the owner, but I believe it is his son. At least according to the article.

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