Monthly Archives: August 2011

Make Directors Pay

Let us first establish that a school “director” in Thailand is what many would call the headmaster or principal in other country – not director as in company director.

One of the biggest problems faced in the implemting of the law in schools is that only the individual who commits the assault can currently be prosecuted, fined, jailed etc.

ALL school directors know the law, they are sent regular MoE bulletins reminding them! However many do not notify the teachers and then turn a blind eye or, in extreme cases, actually encourage it. They know very well that if the teacher is caught nothing can be done to them.

There have been severalk cases recently where the teachers concerned have been told by their director that an “agreement” exists with parent , despite the fact that such agreements are unlawful. In some cases this is negligence on the part of the directors but in others it is a deliberate ploy to hide the truth from teachers.

Usually when a case becomes “high profile” the directors simply deny all knowledge and leave the teacher concerned to face the consequences alone.

There is an argument to create a civil law (at the moment the only remedy is in criminal law) to make school directors and owners liabel for the actions of their employees.

We believe that if directors could be charged, and punished, they would make sure it stops fast. There is nothing like a threat to a directors finances to make them take action!

Now they teach the students to behave like animals too!?

This video needs NO comment – quite UNBELIEVABLE!! Anyone know the name of this school and maybe which teacher they are copying?

Will Wai Kru Day become a thing of the past?

Will Wai Kru day become a thing of the past as respect for Thai teachers diminishes?

The problem with Wai Kru day or Wai Kroo Day is two fold:-

1. The “forced” nature i.e. all kids have to Wai all teachers, even the ones they hate.

2. Respect for Thai teachers is probably at an all time low. Teachers have no right to “expect” respect, they must earn it.

Our opinion is that although it is a fine and ancient tradition it should be abolished unless teachers can actually start to earn the genuine respect of their students. It will only survive (or deserve to survive) if students are allowed to CHOOSE the teachers they pay their respects to. Not only would this be fair but it would make many teachers actually THINK about why some students choose not to respect them. That cannot be a bad thing and is surely the way forward.

We spoke to a senior teacher in Chiang Mai province who told us that whole thing embarrassed her as she did not believe half the teachers deserved the respect they were demanding.