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

Caitlin Ashworth




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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    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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    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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