Foreign Teacher Scam in Thailand
FOREIGN TEACHER SCAM IN THAILAND – With the looming membership into the Asean Economic Community (AEC) Thailand desperately needs to educate its population with the skill of speaking the English language.
Whist other neighbouring nations long ago adopted the policy of teaching English in their schools Thailand’s nationalistic belief that English was not an important issue now leaves it in a precarious situation; for the Thai Government now fully realizes just how critical this element is to enable Thailand to compete on an international level with other AEC members.
The Thai Government, over the past 3 years, has continuously spoken of change in the education system and yet little has been achieved to advance the learning of the English language in schools.
Late last year the Thai Government announced measures to make special working visas for foreign nationals, whose native language is English, to come to Thailand and work in schools.
Nearly one year on and with the Thai Government pushing back its inauguration into AEC, little appears to have been achieved; leaving many to suspect that the Thai Government, come 2016, will again delay its presence in the AEC.
The official Thai slogan for Thailand, or at least one of them, is ‘The Land of Smiles’. Unfortunately it is nothing unusual to see this slogan twisted into ‘The Land of Scams’ as Thais are often accused of scamming foreign nationals out of their money.
With the education of paramount importance you might think that the Thai Government would do more to bring in foreign nationals and ensure that such an industry is tightly regulated so as to avoid abuse and therefore more bad press.
Unfortunately this doesn’t appear to be the case as one ‘Foreign Teacher Placement Scheme’ appears to be nothing more than another scam on foreign nationals and if such a practice is allowed to continue it will be little wonder that the Thai Government are unable to attract qualified English speaking teachers to teach in Thailand.
During our investigation we took at look at complaintsboard.com which details a number of very disgruntled, angry and disillusioned foreign teachers; all of whom have had dealings with a certain individual and company.
The scam appears to be an easy one in that certain individuals, representing companies put up advertisements on Craiglist for English speaking foreign teachers.
It is often the case that foreign teachers are never provided with the proper documentation, which is a work permit, to allow them to legally work in Thailand. Other areas of complaints from those having dealings certain individuals and companies often revolve around the issue of not being paid.
Whilst certain individuals and companies are provided with payment from the schools in which they have contracts it is alledged the money often goes straight in their pocket and many foreign teachers have been fleeced out of their rightful salaries.
The scam appears to be like a revolving door in that one teacher is brought in, never paid, and then resigns without any form of payment and is then replaced with his next unsuspecting victim.
Obviously the education establishments, where certain individuals and companies have contracts, are aware of the issue but many foreign teachers have expressed their anger that not only do the schools not take positive action they suspect the administrators are in on the scam; that is they are taking a cut from the money making scheme.
Here are a number of other instances of the scam:
Foreign teachers not getting paid – complaintsboard.com
Foreigners speaking out about the scam – iformative.com
Foreign teachers warning others about the scam – exact-academy
The examples are just the tip of the iceberg and anyone thinking of becoming a foreign English teacher in Thailand should Google the individual or any of the companies first so as to realise the true nature of this scam and avoid it.
Victims of this scam are spreading the word as much as possible and if the Thai Government fail to act this could well have a devastating effect on its ability to attract English teachers.
The Thai Government also needs to be fully aware that they are no longer able to suppress information on the internet and whilst they actively continue to block certain websites these are still available worldwide and therefore the message continues to propagate.
The issue here is a double edged sword for if foreign teachers are put off by scams, such as this, it will have a defined impact on the level of education. On a wider issue the lack of education within the Thai population will not allow them to successfully compete with other AEC members it will ultimately have an erroneous impact on the Thai economy.