Ministry of Education asks embassies to find English teachers


BANGKOK — The Ministry of Education is asking foreign embassies to help Thailand in getting English teachers to teach in the country. 

According to Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan, he met the ambassadors from English-speaking countries to help Thai schools employ teachers who can teach English as well as other subjects in English.

“The aim of the discussion was to seek cooperation from embassies. A large number of teachers are necessary as we are working on upgrading the entire education system,” Mr. Nataphol said.

Thailand has about 7,000 foreign teachers teaching in Thai schools at the moment, the education minister said. However, that number is not enough as the country needs 10,000 more. He said that the Ministry of Education has designated funds for employing additional teachers.

Improving students’ English proficiency is the aim as well as boosting their confidence to help lift the Thai education system, the minister said, adding that Thai teachers will also learn from foreign teachers.

The minister has also come up with a plan to upgrade English-language lessons from elementary to university levels, with the aim of cutting down on the number of foreign teachers in the next three years.

He stated that foreign teachers must have some professional training to qualify for the job, adding that a language teaching certificate is preferred.

He also said the accent of English teachers does not matter as long as they can make the lessons fun.

Source: Bangkok Post

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