Why is there such a gap between foreigners teaching english and thais?
1. Foreigners won't work to Thai wages (although most Filipinos will)
2. The average monthly wage in Thailand is something like 7K or so a month (although it's higher in Bangkok and professionals and business owners often earn near-western salaries) so the teachers' salaries aren't as bad as they sound.
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Five years ago, in a small Thai town where I worked, new teachers were making 3000 baht to start, advancing up to 7000 baht. The principal at the school was making 29,000 baht a month, not including perks.
My school seems to lose Thai teachers regularly to government schools. thai teachers are often their own worst enemy. many come to our school and once they see you have to actually do some work rather than simply bleat fom the textbook they go running for an easier life. We don't tolerate late teachers, mobile phones in class etc. Every teachers gives tht bit extra to ensure students behave and are taken care of.
Exactly! I MUCH prefer working with PRIVATE school Thai teachers. The public school ones are, most of them, lazy bastards. If you're lucky, 10 percent of them actually care or want to do anything more than the absolute minimum.
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Well many Thai teachers in government schools don't deserve the pay they get , sit on their asses in class handing out text books or put videos on. I am told I have to do plenty of speaking and ellicit speakingfrom students. Precious litlefrom thai teachers , either they can't speak English or too lazy to try