A number of foreign teachers with records for sex offenses back home are working in Thailand as teachers of English, often teaching children.
The British Embassy in Bangkok recently approached the Thai Ministry of Education with names of suspect British teachers and since then the ministry is warning schools to be on the lookout for teachers with records of sex offenses in other countries working with children in their schools.
The Ministry has advised schools to thoroughly check their teachers, going through both their academic qualifications as well as getting police background checks from individual teachers. This is likely to throw up not only sex-offenders but also unqualified teachers as well.
About time. Background checks should be standard by now but with the need for teachers often outstripping supply, cheapskate schools will often skip formalities for the sake of getting a foreigner in to teach. Whether this means hiring someone with no qualifications or – in the cases above – hiring someone completely unfit to be working with kids.
The schools and school owners need to take responsibility here.
Rogue teachers beware!
Background Checks in TEFL – a look at certificates to allow you to work with children
Teaching English in Thailand – an overview of working there
More on this story from Thai PBS[ratings]