Em­bassies urged to find English teach­ers

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The Education Min­istry is call­ing on for­eign em­bassies to help find na­tive speak­ers who can teach English at Thai schools.

Education Min­is­ter Nat­aphol Teep­suwan said yes­ter­day that he had met am­bas­sadors from English-speak­ing coun­tries and asked them to find teach­ers who can teach English and other sub­jects in English to Thai stu­dents, as part of gov­ern­ment-to-gov­ern­ment co­op­er­a­tion pro­grammes.

“The aim of the dis­cus­sion was to seek co­op­er­a­tion from em­bassies. A large num­ber of teach­ers are nec­es­sary as we are work­ing on up­grad­ing the en­tire education sys­tem,” Mr Nat­aphol said.

He said there are cur­rently some 7,000 for­eign teach­ers in Thai schools, but this is not enough, adding that an­other 10,000 teach­ers are re­quired. He said the min­istry has ear­marked funds for their re­cruit­ment.

The aim of the ef­fort is to im­prove stu­dents’ pro­fi­ciency in the English lan­guage, boost their con­fi­dence and equip them to seek fur­ther knowl­edge, he said, adding that Thai teach­ers will also be able to learn and ben­e­fit from na­tive English speak­ers.

The min­is­ter said he has also come up with a plan to upgrade English-lan­guage lessons from ele­men­tary to univer­sity lev­els, with the aim of cut­ting down on the num­ber of for­eign teach­ers in the next three years.

Mr Nat­aphol added that for­eign teach­ers must have some pro­fes­sional training to qual­ify for the job, adding that a lan­guage teach­ing cer­tifi­cate is pre­ferred.

He also said the ac­cent of English teach­ers does not mat­ter as long as they can make the lessons fun.

Nat­aphol: 10,000 teach­ers needed

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