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Thailand’s English Language Teachers – Are many being conned?

Time and time again this site has been contacted by English language teachers working in schools in Thailand, who have complained about anything from physical attacks to straight forward cheating and on payment of wages.


These complaints also range from schools refusing to process the teachers’ work applications through the relevant ministeries so that they are working illegally, to actually refusing to pay orders made by the Labour Court, and of course refusing to issue teaching contracts.

While the big international schools usually do things by the book, some very well known schools have been on the complaints list.

Websites have been set up before where people have been allowed to air those problems. They have failed. It’s a libel minefield out there.  We cannot get into issues where there is just one witness on either side. We have to work with paperwork.

What we can do is issue warnings where documentation comes from the Labour Court.

At the moment Thailand lags far behind most ASEAN countries in English language skills. A safe and proper environment for English language teachers. If you have such a problem we would like to hear from you.

We also welcome input from the established websites for teachers in Thailand.

Below – wounded foreign teacher after an attack by a University administrator

About the Author

Andrew Drummond

Andrew Drummond is a British independent journalist and occasional television documentary maker. He is a former Fleet Street, London, journalist having worked at the Evening Standard, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, News of the World, Observer and The Times.

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