In a conversation today Geraldine Daray-Pugoy says that she has seen many Thai teachers abusing children but has never tried to stop them saying it is part of Thai culture.
Sorry Ms Daray-Pugoy it used to be part of Filipino culture too 20 years ago but it is wrong so they stopped it (19 years ago to be precise). The “culture” argument holds no water – it is ILLEGAL and teachers should not break the law. Teachers in your own country respect the law or they are punished. Why do you think it should be any different here? Do you think it is part of Thai culture for teachers to somehow be above the law?
She went on to say that the teachers who abuse children do it because they love the kids – sorry again Ms Pugoy but you are showing a distinct lack of intelligence and training here. If you love someone you do NOT abuse them.
She should read this article which explains the difference between discipline and abuse.
Ms Daray Pugoy is a Fillipino working in Thailand. As a foreigner, from a country where such abuse is specifically prohibited, she should know better than to try and defend the abuse of small children by adults in schools. She should also make herself aware of her duty to protect the children in her care and if she fails to do so her work permit, and teachers licence, should be removed at very least.
One of the main reasons why teachers continue to abuse students is because they think they will not be reported. Abusive teachers are totally convinced they are immune from the law, and feel safe to continue to abuse.
Most Thai students are too scared to report a teacher for fear of revenge by the teacher and maybe even other teachers at the school. The recent witch hunt at Kanlayanee is a good example where the teachers interviewed many students to find out who had reported Phasuk to Facebook. Students were told they were damaging the schools reputation and would be punished if caught passing information.
Childline Thailand has a direct telephone number where kids can report teachers. The number is confidential and they will NOT give the school the deatils of the informer.
If you are hit by a teacher you can report them to Childine by calling 1387 (from inside Thailand).
They immediately notify both the school and the Ministry of Education and request an investigation. In severe cases they will immediately intervene on behalf of the students.
You can see more on their website Childline Thailand.
We are campaigning to make it compulsory for all schools to put their poster and telephone number on their noticeboards.
We understand that some (a minority) of the teachers at this school regularly hit the students, especially those in the younger primary age groups. In particular one female teacher, Ms Phasuk (นางผาสุข ถาวร) a P.E teacher at the school.
We are told that the majority of teachers do not hit the children, and indeed that they hate the teachers who do this. However they refuse to do anything to stop it and, in our opinion, this makes them equally guilty by association.
We are also told that the beatings only occur in the Thai Programme and not in the English Programme of the school. However the two programmes are part of the SAME school and therefore, in our opinion, equally guilty for refusing to protect ALL the children in the school.
The school organises regular student exchange schemes to the USA and we are currently finding out who the agencies are in the USA and will be notifying them accordingly.
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.