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Officials to slash number of foreign English teachers

Although Thailand ranked at the very bottom of the English Proficiency Index by EF, the government’s next move is to cut back on hiring foreign English teachers and have Thais teach English to Thais.

teachers in BangkokThe Education Ministry wants to cut back on foreign teacher recruitment to slash costs and focus on giving intensive language training to the Thai teachers.

Under the “train-the-trainer” program, a group of 500 Thai teachers who teach English in government schools nationwide will take part in an intensive six-week training course taught by English specialists from the British Council.

The selected teachers, whose English must be among the best in their schools, will receive advanced instruction on teaching written and spoken English as they will be expected to be role models for other teachers in their communities, said Teerakiat Jareonsettasin, Deputy Education Minister.

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