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The Sarasas private school network continues to find itself in hot water, with revelations that 7 foreign teachers at one school have been working illegally. All 7 have been found to be employed without work permits at Sarasas Witaed Sainoi Pitiyakarn School, in the central province of Nonthaburi, around half an hour outside central Bangkok. All 42 Sarasas schools are currently in the spotlight after allegations of abuse surfaced in recent weeks.

Officials from the local Immigration Bureau, accompanied by police and other administrative officials, have inspected 2 Nonthaburi schools employing foreign teachers. While the first school, Sarasas Witaed Bangbuathong, has all the required paperwork for its 66 foreign teachers, an inspection at Sarasas Witaed Sainoi Pitiyakarn revealed 7 foreigners working as language teachers, without work permits or any evidence of teaching qualifications.

Thai Residents reports that the 7 admit to being employed at the school since July of this year, receiving a cash salary of around 17,000 baht. All 7 are now in police custody.

The Education Ministry has called on the Office of the Private Education Commission to investigate all Sarasas schools amid allegations of abuse against students, much of which has been captured on CCTV. The investigation has subsequently thrown up other issues such as foreign teachers being employed without the correct paperwork, the hiring of teachers who have no qualifications, and some schools exceeding the quota of students permitted in English classes.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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    Jeff

    October 6, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Tip of the lceberg.

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    Richard

    October 6, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    All my foriegn teachers have required paperwork. Lot of hoops to jump through to acquire. But leave it to a hi-so school to dodge the requirements. Isn’t like they can’t afford it.

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    harry1

    October 6, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    the picture tell a thousand stories, many government official, yet cant provide teachers

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    mummo

    October 6, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    such a big big big problem!!! honest people helping your country to improve education and all you care is about some paper works, bad farang 😀 you should use your energy to lockdown those israel and russian mafia, runnin human traffic and drugs. aaa but yeah officials get their cut from those so no problem.

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      Jay

      October 7, 2020 at 10:00 am

      You idiot. How can you become a teacher without first being a STUDENT? You think because you have eurocentric features and can speak the Queen’s English that you’re entitled to a job UNQUALIFIED?

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    Randy Lahey

    October 6, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    Maybe they should let everybody apply for the work permit then. Many offices in the country cannot do a work permit for people. Especially coming from amnesty. There are not enough teachers here now to fill the positions so this is why they resort to this method. The focus keeps shifting away from the problem of converting amnesty to a WP.

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    MJ

    October 6, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    Give the school a very high punishment with high fines to employ people without work permit.
    Dont chase the individuals that is useless
    It is the Schools that does not follow the Law

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    bob wikins

    October 6, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    sarasas has always been like this. In korat, one time immigration got informed none of the teachers has work permits. All the foreigners got sent home when they were tipped off before the raid. Mind you that sort of thing happens all the time. Thailand doesnt pay enough to recruit from outside of thailand. Vietnam have a better system for teachers. Hence everyone is working on a tourist visa in Thailand for at least a month or two. Thats the reality and its nothing weird. Illegal or not.

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A zombie saleswoman is selling dead people’s clothes online. 32 year old Kanittha Thongnak sells clothes of the deceased on a Facebook live stream while dressed as “the living dead”. She gives a story behind every pieces of clothing, explaining how each person died. Perhaps it would be a real business kill in most countries, but not in Thailand where the spirit world and superstition are just as real to some Thais as the world of the living.

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