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Take care of your teachers!
« on: January 17, 2010, 06:06:15 AM »

PM urges teachers to be role model in divided society

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday urged teachers to act as role models amid the current environment of a divided society, and to seek self-improvement.

At a ceremony marking National Teachers' Day, he also responded positively to pleas that the government should honour teachers killed by insurgents in the southern border provinces and strive to restore peace to the troubled region.

Freshly installed Education Minister Chinnaworn Boonyakiat engaged in his first official duties, leading ceremonies to mark the occasion at several schools in his hometown, Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Abhisit presided over the ceremony held at the Teacher Council of Thailand and paid respects to senior teachers.

He also presented awards to outstanding educators from around the country who had been selected by the council for this year.

"Teachers are expected to play a crucial role in developing children who will be the future of the nation to be quality people.

"Children should be instilled with exemplary social values. Teachers should act as a role model as well.

"Although teachers have some things to improve at the moment so that they can handle the changes, they can be role models for society, which is divided now," the premier said.

Banyat Saengmanee, chairman of the Yala Federation of Teachers, said he wanted the government to honour teachers killed in the southern violence, like Juling Pongkunmul and Prasarn Markshu.

Juling was one of two teachers taken hostage at a school in Narathiwat by villagers who wanted to trade her freedom and that of her co-teacher for the release of two men arrested as suspects in the murder of two Thai marines in 2005.

While she was held in custody by the villagers in May 2006, she was beaten. She remained comatosed for eight months in a hospital before dying in 2007.

Prasarn was shot dead in front of his students while teaching them Thai in 2006 in Narathiwat.

Banyat also urged the government to stop the daily violence and bring back peaceful conditions as soon as possible.

Juling's mother Khammee made merit in Chiang Mai for her late daughter and teachers who had died in the southern insurgency and asked the premier and the education minister to care for teachers' safety.

Chinnaworn paid respects to his teacher when he was a primary student, Jaruai Songsarn, 85, after he had presided over the Teachers' Day ceremonies at several schools in Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Merit-making for teachers killed in the southernmost provinces and ceremonies honouring good teachers took place in Phichit, Songkhla, Phitsanulok, Narathiwat, Yala, Tak and Ranong.

Many teachers attending the Teachers' Day celebration at Nakhon Ratchasima's 80th Anniversary Chalerm Phrakiat Stadium called for the government to set up a fund to help repay their overwhelming debts.

Ban Thung Kradon School teacher Jaruwan Chaiyawan urged the government to support teachers with sufficient teaching materials, create a fund to relieve them from crushing debts and have the Government Pension Fund give out more benefits to retiring teachers.

Wanchai Thepsri, an award-winning Prachin Buri teacher from the 170-student Pracharat Pattana School, revealed that, after the school was transferred to the Prachin Buri Provincial Administration Organisation, teaching materials and the class environment had improved and student camp activities had increased.

However, many teachers under local governments now had to pay medical bills out of their own pockets first because the hospitals could not get their costs reimbursed right away as when they were under the Basic Education Commission, Wanchai said.

The government needs to solve this problem, he said.

A recent survey by Chiang Mai's Maejo University revealed that 93 per cent of the 987 students nationwide interviewed from January 11-15 still viewed the teaching profession as a model for the nation's youths.

But 40 per cent of the respondents said the image of teachers had worsened due to constant news of inappropriate behaviour, while more than 29 per cent said they thought teachers nowadays were more modern, had a better understanding of students and had improved instructional effectiveness.

The Nation

It might be a good idea to practice what gets preached. As long as the government doesn't enable teachers to live like role models who wants to be like them?  ;)


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Re: Take care of your teachers!
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2010, 07:53:35 PM »
How bad is this system,
My wife is a teacher and has been for 16 years, she has to travel 108 km round trip each day to go teach
and when she requested a transfer to a school closer to home she was told it would cost her 35,000 baht.
she loves her job and puts countless extra hours in councilling parents after hours to help the children.
i always bring a small supply of materials for her to give to students but it is a drop in the ocean for what they really need
she was so excited about Teachers Day but that is the way she is,
I hope they understand that the children are our futufre.
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Re: Take care of your teachers!
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2010, 11:40:36 AM »
Sadly, Thai teachers aren't paid very well here.  They are held with the utmost respect in Thai society.  English teachers (Farang ones) usually make a bit more money than most Thai teachers.


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Re: Take care of your teachers!
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2010, 12:31:32 PM »
Sadly, Thai teachers aren't paid very well here.  They are held with the utmost respect in Thai society.  English teachers (Farang ones) usually make a bit more money than most Thai teachers.

Hardly any of them would come here to teach for the low salary Thai teachers get.  8)

The low salaries they pay Thai teachers very often backfire when teachers become business people after their expensive education. Very often we foreigners complain about the low standards of teaching in Thai schools. Is that only because the teachers education isn't well enough, either? Or is it rather because many of those money of a good teachers education was invested in turn to better prospects in business instead of giving returns of the investment into their teachers education?


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Re: Take care of your teachers!
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2010, 10:20:26 PM »
A Thai teacher with a degree beginning working at a government school will earn 8 to 10k baht per month, soon as they move into the private sector their salaries will double or treble, the lure of money is too great.