Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan said on Friday that he had met with ambassadors from English-speaking countries and asked them to find teachers who could teach English and other subjects in English to Thai students, in through government-to-government cooperation programs.
“The purpose of the discussion was to seek the cooperation of embassies. A large number of teachers are needed because we are working to modernize the entire education system,” Nataphol said.
He said there were currently some 7,000 foreign teachers in Thai schools, but that was not enough, adding that 10,000 more teachers were needed. He said the ministry had earmarked funds for their recruitment.
The aim of this effort is to improve students’ English skills, build their confidence and equip them to deepen their knowledge, he said, adding that Thai teachers will also be able to learn and benefit from native speakers. English.
The minister said he had also drawn up a plan to improve English courses from elementary to university level, with the aim of reducing the number of foreign teachers over the next three years.
Mr Nataphol added that foreign teachers must have professional training to qualify for the job, adding that a language teaching certificate is preferable.
He also said the English teachers’ accent didn’t matter as long as they could make the lessons fun.
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