PHUKET, THAILAND. Good news to all Foreign teachers working in Phuket.
"No crackdown on foreign teachers, and all policies and requirements remain the same," thus confirmed Chalam Attatham, director of Phuket Primary Education Service Area Office belying rumors that have been making rounds around Phuket foreign-teacher circles about a possible crackdown on teaching requirements and work permits.
He further told Phuket Gazette that teachers are being made to meet the same general qualifications as always and that he has not heard anything about the clampdown on teachers.
To earn teaching positions for most schools on the island, the native English-speaking teacher must have graduated from a university or college, but is not required to have an English-teaching degree; if the teacher is not a native English speaker, he or she must have completed and be able to present a TOEFL or TOEIC certification.
Pitool Dumsakorn, Phuket Employment Chief also told Gazette that he didn't receive any order to target Englsih teachers or their employees.
Meanwhile, Phuket Immigration Superintendent Sunchai Chokkajayij encouraged the teachers to stay calm and brush off the rumors.
News Source: Phuket Gazette