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.
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.
In 2008 she admitted caning several students, one female student 18 times. This event was reported to police by the parents of the girl concerned. Ms Permpool admitted the offense but the school defended her saying they had a written agreement with parents to cane students.
Ms Permpool did resign from her position as Head of Year but did not resign her post as a teacher.
In January 2011 Ms Permpool was still working at Yothinburana School although she claims she has stopped abusing children. The school appears to still permit caning so we do not know if this is true or not.
Our view is that Ms. Permpool should be serving a jail sentence now, not teaching children. We are trying to get this case re-investigated and a report sent to prosecutors with a view to Ms Permpool being properly charged and tried in court.
Lessons to be learned from Caning Controversy – by Burin Kantabutra
This is a teacher training video from one of the Rajabhat Universities (the main teacher training colleges in Thailand).. In the first half she does it wrong and in the second half she (supposedly) does it the correct way.
However, even in the second half she still has the stick in her hand.
Its not surprising the world thinks all Thai teachers are animals if this is the quality of the training the future teachers receive.