Monthly Archives: April 2011
PE teacher Ms Phasuk works at Kanlayanee school in Nakhon SiThammarat, Thailand. She has been reported by several students, plus some former students, at the school plus two sets of parents for allegedly hitting primary school children with a stick.
She originally denied this but eventually admitted it, apologised, and said she will stop with immediate effect.
The most alarming thing is that even AFTER she admitted it, other teachers at the school continued to claim she does not do this. It is very worrying that teachers will attempt to defend a child abuser. Their loyalties should be to the welfare of the children, they should never be loyal to an abusive teacher regardless of whether that teacher is their friend.
Update 20th July 2011
We were contacted by a female student from the English programme yesterday, 19th July 2011. She informed us that Phasuk is still hitting children despite her promises to stop. She did not say whether this was in the Thai Programme or the English programme but that is irrelevant. This teacher is an habitual abuser and all the children in the school are in clear danger as long as she is teaching.
It is time the law gave appropriate sentences to teachers who break the law. There is no place for mediation between schools and parents to settle these matters, the police must charge them and the judges must deal with them appropriately.
All too often we see teachers walking away free, and even in some cases continuing to work as teachers. See the case of Suwattana Permpool for example. This woman admitted breaking the law for years but she was not even sacked from the school despite the fact that the MoE promised a full investigation.
More recently the events at St Marys College in Nakhon Ratchasima led to three teachers being jailed, but even these were reduced to suspended sentences. Also we have the up coming court case of the teachers at Pakpranang and hopefully they will be dealt with severely.
There is only one way to stop Thai teachers persistently breaking the law and that is to APPLY the law. This means:-
1. The courts apply the law by handing out tough sentences on child abusers.
2. The law take action against schools, school principals and school directors as well as the individual teachers. If directors are held responsible they would stop it.
If these two things were done teachers, and schools, would quickly understand that abusing children, by using violence, will no longer be tolerated and that they will face the ruin of their lives and careers if they continue to do so.
There is a good discussion thread on the ThaiVisa Forum about why Thai teachers are no longer respected.
Basically because they EXPECT to be respected just because they are teachers and so they make little or no effort to actually EARN that respect.
We think Wai Kru Day will be a thing of the past within the next ten years as more and more kids realise that the teachers are not worthy of their respect so refuse to give it.
You can read the full discussion here
Time after time we hear parents complaining that their children are afraid to go to school because they are scared of a particular teacher. Usually these kids have never been hit themselves but they see other kids being abused frequently and this makes them fear school.
Good kids are again losing out because they make excuses to skip school (usually claiming illness) when they have a class with the teacher concerned that day.
Thai teachers should concentrate on these “good” kids and think about the effect they are having on them, their education and their futures.
No child should ever have to learn in fear. Schools should be happy places, not intimidating places kids are too scared to go!
These teachers often believe the children respect them but they need to understand that fear and respect are not the same thing at all.