The Secretary General of the Private Education Commission (PEC) Mr. Bandit Sriputthangkul recently announced that the Minister of Education, Mr. Phongthep Thepkanjana, will ask the relevant organizations for a discussion on ways to help foreign teachers in Thai schools before 2015 when the country will become a member of the ASEAN Economic Community.
At present, the PEC requires many foreign teaching staff for general sciences and mathematics because, previously, the Foreign Affairs Ministry regulations and National Security Rules did not allow them to teach these subjects in Thailand.
"Currently, foreign teachers are allowed to stay in Thailand for a maximum of two years. After that, they have to leave and go to one of our neighboring countries, such as Laos, and re-enter Thailand. This causes unnecessary expenses and wasted time for them. How can we adjust the rules to help these teachers and encourage them to stay longer? Other countries focus on this issue because it is considered an educational export that boosts national income. The longer the teachers stay here, the more income the country will earn because foreign teachers often have to pay more than Thai people do," concluded Mr. Bandit.