I don't think anyone on this thread has suggested that salaried employees should not be accountable for their timekeeping. It is the systems of accountability implemented by Thai unmanagement with which people are taking issue. Virtually every other education system in the world seems able to ensure appropriate timekeeping on the part of its teachers, without having recourse to such Kafkaesque methods as fingerprint scans. The Thais, as usual, have to be different.Originally Posted by LDMA
As other posters have said, if some teachers are abusing the system by failing to keep the contractually required hours, there are various other management techniques or disciplinary procedures which could be easily employed to ensure that they are brought to account. The fact is that most Thai school 'managers' and 'administrators' are nothing whatever of the sort, and could not, either collectively or individually, administer a blow football match. Most of them have no concept of decency, professionalism, or effective staff-relations and cannot even spell the word morale.
Taken in isolation, signing in and out every day may not be such a major issue (though I really do draw the line at finger scans). However, it is simply one more item on a whole list of degradations and deficiencies, the accumulated total of which will ensure that working in Thailand continues to be unattractive to the vast majority of qualified and experienced teachers.