The Kingdom of Thailand will be needing more teachers for their ‘English for All’ program, and they prefer that Filipino educators will take the job.
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is having a bilateral talks with the Thai Ministry of Employment about giving more opportunities for English teachers to work in the neighboring southeast Asian country.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Friday said an agreement governing the deployment of English teachers may be signed in the coming weeks to meet Thailand’s requirement under its “English for All” Project in the area of Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
“Filipino teachers are the preferred nationals needed by the government of Thailand because of the excellent English proficiency and competence of our teachers,” Bello said.
Under the proposed agreement, Filipino teachers will be hired by the Thailand’s Ministry of Education to teach students in primary and secondary levels in government schools.
The labor chief also disclosed that Filipino teachers who will be hired under the program will receive 25,000 baht per month or P45,000, inclusive of housing allowance. The other benefits include personal accident insurance and round trip airfare and work permit fees which will be shouldered by the government of Thailand.
Aside from English teachers, Thailand is also opening job opportunities to foreign professionals in the field of engineering, architecture, medicine, accounting and dental medicine.
Department of Education secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones previously announced that the inter-agency meeting on the proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the government-to-government hiring of Filipino teachers was initiated by Dr. Teerakiat Jareonsettasin, Thailand Minister of Education, during a side meeting last October 2018 at the 10th ASEAN Education Ministers Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
Briones then met with Thailand’s Ministry of Education representative M.L. Pariyada Diskul on March 12 to further discuss the proposed government to government deployment.
Diskul said that Filipino teachers are very highly regarded in their country.
“Your teachers are very diligent and blend in well with our culture. We want to recruit Filipino teachers to be placed in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) government schools, which are the three provinces in the eastern side of Bangkok to upgrade the English competencies of the children in that area,” Diskul stated. “I hope that this will be the beginning of many other projects to come.”
To date, there are 16,704 overseas Filipino workers in Thailand, of which 11,848 are professionals, mostly composed of teachers, musicians and other professional expats working in multinational companies. (With reports from Abegail De Vega of DOLE; DepEd)