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Foreign Teachers to Be Recruited to Teach Foreign Languages in the Three Southern Border Provinces

February 15, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

1441135844pThe Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center has shown its support for a project to recruit foreign teachers to teach at state secondary schools in the three southern border provinces, namely Yala, Pattani, and Narathiwat.
The Secretary-General of the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center, Police Colonel Tawee Sodsong, on 10 February 2014 chaired a meeting to discuss the project, with the participation of administrators of various schools in the three provinces.

Police Colonel Tawee cited education as the most important element in the effort to ease southern conflicts. He said that local schools must improve the quality of education, including the integration of basic education with religious study. The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center will emphasize giving support for education development to tackle problems in the deep South. With the coming of the ASEAN Community in 2015, he stressed the need to promote the use of ASEAN languages in the South, especially the Malay language, which is spoken in several ASEAN countries, and English, which will be the working language of ASEAN.

As for the recruiting of foreign teachers to teach in the three southern border provinces, the project focuses on the English, Chinese, and Arabic languages. Participating schools must be secondary schools, under the supervision of the Office of the Basic Education Commission, Ministry of Education.

The meeting also discussed criteria for hiring foreign teachers. For instance, in the first case, if foreign teachers are hired as teaching personnel, they are required to have obtained teaching licenses. If they do not have teaching licenses, they must be granted permission by the Teachers Council of Thailand. In the second case, if they are hired as special resource persons in the English language, they must produce such evidence as passports, or identification cards, showing that they are from one of five English-speaking countries – the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

If they are foreigners who use English as their second language, they must be educated in Thailand and must have used English for at least one year, or have documents showing their command of English issued by reliable institutions.

The Ministry of Education is in the process of revising criteria for issuing licenses to foreign teachers to attract qualified personnel to the teaching profession in Thailand. It is also taking urgent action to ease shortages of teachers in foreign languages, in preparation for the ASEAN Community. In this regard, more native English speakers will be brought in under international cooperation with such institutions as the British Council.

Meanwhile, the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center has been urged to help ease certain regulations, so that southern schools will find it easier to take students for study tours abroad, which would help to broaden their experience and vision.

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