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Police say Phuket school won’t be charged for employing foreign teachers without a work permit

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An international school in Phuket is not facing charges for employing foreign teachers without a work permit, police told the Phuket News. Back in November, 2 British nationals were arrested at the Palm House International School in Rawai in a raid by Phuket Immigration officers, acting on a tip that teachers were working at the school without a work permit.

The case was handed over to the Chalong Police. The department was also requested to investigate the school for suspected illegal hiring practices. When pressed by Phuket News reporters, the Chalong Police Chief Sarawut Chuprasit said the school officials are not facing any charges for employing the teachers illegally, without a work permit, and referred reporters to the provincial prosecutor.

“I have no reason to press any charge against the school at all. It is not right to accuse the school.”

Many schools in Thailand, especially international schools, obtain work permits for foreign teachers and even pay the fees. It’s also fairly common for foreign teachers to work without the proper documents, especially during the pandemic where travel restrictions make border runs nearly impossible.

Phuket News say police will not release the names of the 2 British teachers and will not give any additional information. They add that the provincial prosecutor’s office will also not release information without a police case number or suspects’ names. In a previous report, Phuket Immigration Deputy Chief also declined to identify the British nationals by name or age.

“Their visa status does not allow them to work or perform any form of business. They were arrested as they are suspected of working without a work permit.”

SOURCE: Phuket News

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    harry1

    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    it is the responsibility of the school to arrange a work permit,as they are the hirer or employee,no doubt the teachers will be exonerated and be given the correct paperwork, so they can get on with job of teaching pupils

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      preesy chepuce

      Friday, January 15, 2021 at 10:55 pm

      absolutely, nobody wins by making an example of them. The kids probably benefit massively.

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    Charlie Brown

    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    this is just pure greed on behalf of the school, they need to be fined and made to pay for the teachers WP and visas

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    Mister Stretch

    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    Amazing. Phuket schools must have some special charm.

    In my city, if a school is found employing teachers illegally they are fined.

    My wife is the legal liaison for an international school and is kept hopping to make sure that their teachers are fully legal. It’s no mean trick when your staff comes from a variety of countries.

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      Issan John

      Friday, January 15, 2021 at 4:41 pm

      Amazing indeed, Mr S.

      It makes the whole system a bit of a farce, not just for Immigration but for those who are paying exorbitant fees to end up with their children being taught by unqualified begpackers masquerading as genuine teachers.

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        preesy chepuce

        Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:00 pm

        Yeah Johnny boy, “qualified teachers” are not particularly good at teaching, it’s a skill that no paper certificate can validate. I’ve had to teach a number of times, and not easy subjects, and it takes a lot of time and effort to produce good content.
        I’m not “qualified” as a teacher, but have been offered jobs in the UK and Thailand, because being “qualified” doesn’t mean you know anything. “Begpackers” fulfil an important role in getting Thais from zero to something, so that qualified teachers can take them highe. I don’t begrudge young people providing a service that young Thais benefit from. I don’t get your cynicism, and I guess it stems from lack of experience of the teaching domain, which everyone takes for granted, but is actually quite hard work, and does take some dedication and talent. I’ve changed my perspective through experience, I would encourage you to do so too.

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          Issan John

          Monday, January 18, 2021 at 1:25 am

          So preesy, because in your view ““qualified teachers” are not particularly good at teaching” so it follows that unqualified teachers must be good at teaching …..

          ….. ummm …..

          ….. no.

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        charlie brown

        Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 1:07 pm

        Isaan John is likely some 55+ year old Australian/British guy who after failing miserably in his operator job and losing his home to a messy divorce, moved to Thailand and continues to live off street noodles and sitting outside a 7-11 drinking Leo beer. Anyone doing anything of accomplishment in Thailand is met with sarcasm and anger by this fellow and he will live out his angry days in the NE to the bane of the locals around him. Oh sorry John, “bane” means annoyance 🙂

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          Issan John

          Monday, January 18, 2021 at 1:42 am

          Sorry to disappoint you, charlie b, but you could hardly be wider of the mark on every count.

          … if you think that two farangs who came here on a visa on arrival who ended up being deported for teaching illegally at an elementary school with a dubious reputation are examples of “anyone doing anything of accomplishment in Thailand” there’s not much I need to say.

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    Mr cynic

    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    someone in the school admin department is married to a tuk tuk driver by the look of it.

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    brian mc

    Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 9:45 am

    no charge for breaking the law, yet i was caught drinking acid from my car battery and they charged me

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    STEVE WOOLY

    Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    Ah so the teachers are guilty but the school isn’t, no corruption in Thailand, HAHAHA

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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The Area Hotel Quarantine – tweaking Thailand’s arrival options

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We spoke about the new proposal for an Area Hotel Quarantine last Friday and in Thailand News Today. The mandatory 14 day quarantine (magically extended a couple of days at many facilities at the foreigner’s cost) remains the key sticking point for the return of tourists or travellers, in any significant or useful numbers. A number of visas and quarantine programs has done little to increase the numbers of foreign arrivals to Thailand.

The proposal, leaked out as a ‘discussion’ pending cabinet talks and a final decision, has not received much support from the overseas community that are trying to travel to Thailand, or former expats that are trying to get back. Many of the comments believe the 14 days, even restricted to a larger set of walls, is still too restrictive, costly and inconvenient.

“It would also be nice if the two weeks quarantine was not part of the visa! You get a two month visa minus the two weeks.”

“It’s still a prison if you can’t get out. Voting with my feet”

“There’s just not going to be any tourism until Thailand stops this 14-day quarantine nonsense.”

The proposal allows guests to leave their hotel rooms after the first 3 days of a 14 day stay. The proposal is on the agenda for the next CCSA weekly meeting. The proposal was mooted at a meeting last Thursday and chaired by Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn.

After the first 3 days, guests would have another swab test before being able to spend the remaining 11 days meandering around the rest of the hotel complex (so, suddenly, REALLY large hotels in great locations become much more attractive). But they wouldn’t be able to leave the hotel property.

The Area Hotel Quarantine is being seen as an accommodation for the hardest hit tourist zones in Thailand – Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi, Surat Thani (the 3 islands of Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao) and Chon Buri (Pattaya). In all cases the key tourist zones are desperate for the government to ease restrictions or do something… anything… to help boost travel to the battered tourist economies that rely, mostly, on the visits from tourists.

After the 14 day AHQ the visitor will be free to travel anywhere around Thailand.

Last Thursday’s conference call says that Ministers are trying to come up with ways to start re-opening up Thailand to more travellers from next month by expanding the options and slowly easing restriction.. They also want to re-open talks with neighbouring countries and other countries deemed ‘low risk’, or with high vaccination uptake, with travel bubble options, hopefully by May.

About vaccinations, the government is also considering plans to have a no-quarantine option for visitors to come to Thailand as long as they’ve been vaccinated. But the Public Health Ministers says they are looking at the lead from the World Health Organisation about how to administer this sort of ‘vaccine passport’ access as there needs to be a greater body of knowledge about the efficacy of various vaccines. The International Air Transport Association is also in discussion with airlines and governments about restricting access to international travel for people who have been vaccinated.

It was also disclosed this week that some foreigners in the first batch of golf quarantine, where they have to stay in their room for 3 days then can roam around the golf course and play golf, have tested positive for the coronavirus after the test on the third day of their stay. Another batch of Villa Quarantine tourists, visiting Phuket at the end of February, have all returned negative test results.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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2 Phuket Town nightclubs shut down after allegedly violating multiple laws

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2 Phuket Town nightclubs are shutting down after allegedly violating multiple laws. The Maldives and H20 on Lim Sui Ju Road, on the south end of Phuket Town were ordered by the Phuket Governor to close immediately, with the Maldives being ordered to close for 5 years.

The order comes after the Phuket City Police inspected the Maldives club, arresting the manager for operating an entertainment venue without a permit, allowing people under 20 years old to work or “use services in the venue,” and for selling alcohol without a permit.

Governor Narong cited his authority under Section 4 of NCPO order 22/2558 to order the Maldives nightclub to be closed for 5 years, from March 5, 2021 to March 4, 2026.

The order also prohibits the operators from opening any other entertainment venues during the same period. The H20 nightclub was ordered to close by a provincial order after Phuket City Police say they inspected the venue and charged the operator for selling or providing shisha, or baraku, without permission.

The owner was also accused of operating an entertainment venue without a permit and violating the provincial order for enforcing Covid-19 safety measures. But it is unknown what penalties were handed down to the operator of the H20 nightclub, unlike the Maldives operator, who received a penalty.

Instead, the governor cited the Revolution Council announcement of 1959, to shut down the establishment for 30 days from March 5, 2021 to April 3, 2021. The orders noted that both operators of the clubs have the right to appeal the closures, having 15 days to file an appeal directly with the Phuket Governor.

Meanwhile, Phuket is set to open its doors to vaccinated, international tourists by October, pending the government’s approval. The local government’s initiative, named Phuket First October, proposes vaccinating a majority of its population over 18 years of age in time for the high season.

The move would allow thousands of vaccinated Europeans to enter Thailand, while locals would be protected from the virus symptoms.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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An early morning drug bust in Rawai, Phuket has yielded 9 arrests. The first raid yesterday consisted of 30 task force members who raided a sea gypsy shack near the beachfront in Rawai.

43 year old Saroch Homhuan, and 34 year old Juree Bangjak, were arrested and charged with posession of a Category I drug with the intent to sell, after police found 9 pills of methamphetamine, or yaba in Thai, over 6 grams of crystal meth, or ya ice in Thai, and 3 other “items of evidence.”

31 year old Suriyan Na Takuathung, and 29 year old Prathip Areerop, were arrested and charged with possession of a Category 1 drug with intent to sell, and possession of a Category 5 drug respectively. Police say they found 20 pills of methamphetamine, 0.92 grams of dried marijuana and 5 items of drug paraphernalia.

Police also raided 2 houses in Moo 2, arresting 5 suspects, named as 21 year old Vikrom Kongwiriyakul, 32 year old Narunat Chanthamuwong, 18 year old Chanchai Damrongkaset, a woman named Chantha Hansaithong, and 21 year old Warut Rodphan.

Warut was allegedly found with a bottle containing 500 millilitres of kratom juice. Police also say they seized 150 grams of kratom leaf dregs which are used to boil leaves in order to make the juice. Police charged him with posession of a Category 5 drug.

Police say they confiscated a total of 13 litres of kratom juice from 4 other suspects, which was contained in 10 bottles along with other ingredients and equipment to produce the drug cocktail called ‘4×100.’

All 9 suspects were taken to the Chalong Police Station in which only 1 agreed to undergo drug rehabilitation.

The raids come after the Phuket Provincial Government ordered officers of the Muang District Office to target villages where drugs are prevalent. A spokesman for the government said police will continue to remove drug traffickers from the community while working to improve the quality of local people’s lives so they don’t have to use drugs anymore.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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