Jobless up, major teacher shortages
The unemployment rate for the second quarter of the year has risen to 0.92 per cent, or 360,000 people, the Labour Ministry reported on Wednesday.
The jobless rate for the first quarter of 2012 stood at 0.66 per cent, or 260,000 people.
According to the ministry, 42.2 per cent of the unemployed were new university graduates, 23.38 per cent had secondary-school education, 13.68 per cent had high school education and 13.44 per cent had elementary education.
The rest did not complete elementary education or had no education at all.
Diploma holders and people with vocational education or higher vocational education certificates had a higher chance of getting work related to what they studied because the number of job applicants was lower.
The number of new university graduates applying for work was two to four times the number of job vacancies in the market, the ministry said.
Meanwhile, the Education Ministry's Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) reported that a total of 58,805 teachers are needed to fill the vacancies in schools across the country.
The Obec listed the number of experienced teachers needed for each subject.
Mathematics ranked first with 8,255 vacancies to be filled.
English language came a close second with 7,884 vacant positions.
The rest of the subjects and vacancies are listed below:
3. Thai language - 7,611
4. Science – 6,815
5. Social studies – 5,314
6. Arts education – 5,109
7. Computer science – 4,925
8. Physical education – 3,947
9. Nursery and elementary education – 3,580
10. Student development specialists – 2,498
11. Special education specialists – 1,851
12. School administration staff – 1,016
The Obec said it had raised the issue with the Office of the Civil Service Commission, which had agreed to supply 3,913 additional teachers for schools this year.
The ministry planned to hold public examinations to recruit more teachers soon.
What the fuck? Thai unemployment is below 1%? How the fuck is that possible?
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It's an amazing stat for sure.
Thais and numbers, eh............
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Record unemployment was 5 percent apparently Kittirat and his white lies?
If I were a recent Thai graduate, I wouldn't go into teaching. Long hours, shitty pay, and being dumped on by senior teachers/admin on a daily basis? No thanks.
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