I wouldn't sweat it.Originally Posted by Storekeeper
Some here seem to think this situation is a "sudden realisation" that Filipinos are better and cheaper, so let's replace the farang.
There is nothing "sudden" about Thais discovering Filipinos are cheaper. They have know that for a decade. If they were going to replace all farangs they would have started long ago and on a much greater scale than the current anecdotal evidence suggests.
As to suddenly realising they are better, well, as I've said elsewhere, the jury is out on that.
What is happening is that the supply of farangs cannot keep up with the demand of Thais so they have no choice but look elsewhere.
Take my sizeable regional town. When I first arrived here bit over three years ago, English was taught by foreign teachers at three venues...a Rajabhat, and two Matayoms.
There are now permanent farang staff at eight schools and visiting farang staff at three others.
They simply cannot fill the positions. My first school has reasonable terms and conditions and at one stage employed 6 native speakers and two non-native. They just cannot get farang applicants to accept positions. Accordingly they are down to two farang teachers and up to four non-native.
But I have spoken with administration. Their policy remains "native speakers only" and they will not fill the current two vacancies with non-natives despite their employing four already.
Why? They believe the parents will not tolerate it And that fear their bilingual programme will lack credibility.
I suspect the current environment is keeping some farangs away and sending a few others home, so it is not all just about rising demand for farangs. It is falling supply as well...
You'll be right, Storekeeper...