OBEC to ask help from Philippine Embassy to find more English teachers


BANGKOK, Thailand – The Office of Basic Education Commission (OBEC) under the Ministry of Education revealed on Monday, December 2, that it will ask the Philippine Embassy for help in finding more English teachers, Bangkok Post reported.

The announcement was in connection with the Ministry’s decision to introduce more English classes to public schools all over Thailand.

Shortly after a meeting on Monday, Amnat Wichayanut, secretary-general of the Basic Education Commission told the members of the press that “the special classes will help Thai students achieve at least B2 (upper-intermediate) Level under CEFR.”

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an international standard for describing language ability. It describes language ability on a six-point scale, from A1 for beginners, up to C2 for those who have mastered the language.

The secretary-general also added that the ministry is in talks with foreign embassies, including the Philippine Embassy, to find more English teachers.

“What we found is that despite Thai students passing the B2 level, they do not always communicate efficiently with native speakers. So we need English speaking teachers to boost their English language skills,” he said.

According to OBEC secretary-general, the extra classes will be gradually introduced in public schools throughout the country starting next year.

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Lorenzo is a full time English Language Teacher to high school students in Phitsanulok. He reads and travels for self-enrichment. He also writes at khunkrupinoy.com where he shares his struggles and joys of being a teacher in Thailand for almost a decade now.