Thailand/ 12 September 2020/ Source/ https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/
The Education Ministry plans to recruit 10,000 native English-speaking teachers to improve Thai students’ proficiency in the language as soon as the situation is safe to do so.
Speaking at a meeting held by the International Schools Association of Thailand on Friday, Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan said he has asked the embassies of several English-speaking countries to find teachers who can teach English and other subjects in the language to Thai students, as part of government-to-government cooperation programmes.
“A large number of native English-speaking teachers are necessary as we are working on upgrading the education system. One of the countries we are talking to is Canada which sends many teachers to Japan,” Mr Nataphol said.
He said there are 7,000 foreign teachers in Thai schools, but this is not enough, adding another 10,000 are required. He said the cabinet has earmarked funds for their recruitment.
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“Ideally, this should have started already, but due to the pandemic it’s been delayed. As soon as the situation is safe and secure enough, we will invite foreign teachers here,” he said.
The aim is to improve students’ proficiency in English, boost their confidence and equip them to seek further knowledge, Mr Nataphol said, adding Thai teachers will also be able to learn and benefit from native English speakers.
The minister said he has also come up with a plan to upgrade English-language lessons from kindergarten to high school levels. However, the initial stage of the project will focus on early childhood education and vocational education first.