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    Re: Are Thai teacher's wages really that low???

    Why is there such a gap between foreigners teaching english and thais?

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    Re: Are Thai teacher's wages really that low???

    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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    Re: Are Thai teacher's wages really that low???

    Quote Originally Posted by Aimee_Lou_UK View Post
    Why is there such a gap between foreigners teaching English and Thais?
    I doubt you could persuade English people to work for less than the dole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THX 1133 View Post
    I'd agree with that and say that it would also apply for girls and in fact there are many examples right here in country. A Thai boy/girl with a command of English and a good uni degree pretty much has the world by the tail.
    Completely disagree with this. To get ahead has nothing to do with your skills. Every person I know in Isaan who has a relatively poor background but excellent english is working for less than 8000 a month often in a shitty no future job. Only the rich often with poorer English get somewhere using their connections. a local college in Nongkhai only has 25 students. Everyone of them has high intermediate English but the Govenrment won't recognise the qualifications because they don't comply with Thai regulations. these poor students don't have the money to go to university. Its all about the piece of paper. There was a thread couple of years ago about poor Isaan people and how many hadmade a success of their lives financially. The whole forum managed to come up with 2 soap stars and 2 popstars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panhunger View Post
    For every lazy girl in Thailand, there are 100 boys. Explain that?
    The boys advance their mothers towards nirvana, especially after they become monks. Girls cannot do this, so they end up being the enablers and providers to the men-folk.

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    Re: Are Thai teacher's wages really that low???

    Quote Originally Posted by peelieorion View Post
    Completely disagree with this. To get ahead has nothing to do with your skills. Every person I know in Isaan who has a relatively poor background but excellent english is working for less than 8000 a month often in a shitty no future job. Only the rich often with poorer English get somewhere using their connections. a local college in Nongkhai only has 25 students. Everyone of them has high intermediate English but the Govenrment won't recognise the qualifications because they don't comply with Thai regulations. these poor students don't have the money to go to university. Its all about the piece of paper. There was a thread couple of years ago about poor Isaan people and how many hadmade a success of their lives financially. The whole forum managed to come up with 2 soap stars and 2 popstars.
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    Re: Are Thai teacher's wages really that low???

    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.

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    Re: Are Thai teacher's wages really that low???

    Quote Originally Posted by russellsimpson View Post
    30000 plus for a classroom non-admin position for a teacher with 15 plus years of experience ain't that unusual or bad, for that matter

    This comes with low interest car and home loans
    medical
    I think they can pension at 55.

    So next time you find one of those big haired resentful types, fill em in the real story.
    Yes they can, but at a much reduced rate.

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    Re: Are Thai teacher's wages really that low???

    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.

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    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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    Re: Are Thai teacher's wages really that low???

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipkik View Post
    new teachers were making 3000 baht to start
    Way below minimum wage of 5 years ago. I would recheck that.
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    Re: Are Thai teacher's wages really that low???

    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

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    Re: Are Thai teacher's wages really that low???

    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Way below minimum wage of 5 years ago. I would recheck that.
    Nah, this was in the Deep South, Narathiwat. I talked to several new teachers--Thai Muslim, mind you. Really, it was, and probably still is, one of the poorest regions in the country. I visited their homes too and it was like stepping way back in time. There is more than one reason why this protracted separatist movement won't quit. I was making more than the principal at the school, but he was such a friendly, jovial guy, he never held it against me. I hope he's still alive.

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    Re: Are Thai teacher's wages really that low???

    Quote Originally Posted by Farangrakthai View Post
    anywhere from 500 to over a thousand (depending on what you're teaching, conversation, TOEFL, etc and depending on age and status of students) though usually closer to 500. language schools pay from 300 to over 700/hour.

    but but but Accidental Ajarn said that's impossible!

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