I am not saying everything is black or white and sure maybe Hippo is a good bloke. But then again I am sure there are some people who think Gary Glitter is a 'good bloke'. I really think that will be the next thing, people using fake police checks from their home country.
Thais want their teachers to have real degrees, guess what? back in the West so do we.
Actually goo_stewart, I personally wouldn't, as I am sure alot of people wouldn't (because I would worry too much about getting caught out, plus its unethical)... but then, alot of people do.
Im sure he knew the consequences and the risks he was taking.
Like my friend in England who started dealing, got caught and got sent down. Im his mate, but no sympathy cuz he knew the risks.
If you take the risk, deal with the consequences!
Not worthy of jail, but you should stick by the rules...
Still thanks for posting and sharing as it stands as a good warning for people who bend the rules or let people manipulate them into breaking rules.
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If I could do it all over again, I'd do it all over you.
I can see why , if the school was saying it was OK to use a fake degree, why someone would think it was safe and go ahead and do it... in my younger more naive and less paranoid days I probably would have done the same, but im always a tad skeptical now.
I guess it just stands as a good warning to not trust what employees say 100%...
There is no dispute that I done the wrong thing and am now suffering the consequences of my actions. Nothing in this world is black and white; there are many shades of grey. You have to remember that the offence took place 6 years ago when things were very different. Pieces of paper that looked like official degrees were accepted on face value and were assumed to have been verified by schools.
If anyone thinks that my reply to getting a fake was ‘Of course, I’ll go to Khao San Road tonight and get one’ is mistaken. After much soul-searching, it was handed in about 6 weeks later and not by me but that is a different story. I asked at the school if I could use any of my nursing qualification as a degree equivalent and was told in no uncertain terms ‘No’.
Let’s change tack slightly; what was your first reaction to being told that bribing a police officer is OK? Shock & horror? What would your reaction be if, when offering tea money, the police office decided to arrest you and charge you with attempted bribery? An unlikely scenario but it could happen.
It’s not only farangs who have fake degrees; one school director has a PhD from Nebraska. She lived on campus and was only 20 minutes away from the ocean, the palm trees and white, sandy beaches!
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Just put his actions in context. I, like many here, have great sympathy for Hippo and think he has done well by speaking up about his ordeal.
I got my teacher's license and work permit in 2001 and back then they didn't even require a degree. I ceased work and returned home last year and my paperwork was just renewed every year. One of the reasons I decided to return was that I could see that the red tape was getting thicker and I believe that it will only get more exacting in the future, so I came home to go back to university and get a degree. I never needed to face the choice of getting a false document but I did see many others that were forced to compromise their principles in order to stay on in Thailand and I also saw how the schools would encourage but not condone the practice. I consider the new regulations to be a positive step forward by Thailand in a wider sense but I think the Thai authorities are also culpable for the laxness of past regulations and need to accommodate those teachers that were previously granted license by grandfathering the new rules, not prosecuting indiscriminately.
We could all sit outside on banana lounges discussing the best way to rebuild a 4WD transmission and agree, through shared stories of conquests supporting our assertions, that there is no basis to the proposition that those least assured of their persuasions are the first to condemn others for theirs.
What I'm curious about...why would they choose to go after someone who's out of the game? Why not one of the thousands of other fraudulent teachers?
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^low hanging fruit is my guess, Hippo came in for a visa extension and he was on a list. Not too sure why we haven't seen any other examples of busts, maybe we will in time.