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    Sending to TGF back to university!

    Hello,

    I just wanted to ask the opinions of those who have sent their tgf's back to formal education. My girlfriend is interested in doing a post grad degree in education in the hope of becoming a teacher to elementary kids and I really wanted to ask if anybody here has done a similar thing?

    Would it be a wise career move for her as a female teacher in a school as I know the wage isn't exactly on par with yours but does it have any other benefits one might consider as worthwhile?

    Any advice greatly appreciated...

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    if she is genuine go for it

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    Only social benefits, ie teachers are held in high esteem socially, money is crap though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    teachers are held in high esteem socially, money is crap though.
    An improvement over most western countries where money is crap and they have no social esteem.

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    The salary is low but they get good benefits..like free health care and and very low interest rate loans for cars, houses etc. They also have a pension if they work long enough...depends a bit on her age and how long she would be likely to stay in the system.

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    Thanks for the comments thus far guys.

    She is actually 26 and has always wanted to get into teaching but never had the opportunity to do so. I am not a rich man by any means but I don't mind funding this, especially as some have you have stated, it will project her up the social ladder - not that is my primary concern - but the health and pension sure seem valid enough reasons.

    I had a suspicion that the wage wasn't exactly in the top ten wage earners but then again, if she is dong something she enjoys then that takes precedence for me.

    I actually have another thread running on TV and one lady told me that a taught M.ed degree in Thailand focuses only on education admin and she would be better to go for a certificate that would not only be much cheaper but would get her into work much quicker...

    Any thoughts?

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    most teachers come out of the Rajapat system
    masters and PhD if she wants to work at uni

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    Quote Originally Posted by bookemdano View Post
    Hello,
    Any advice greatly appreciated...

    It's very hard to get a job in a state school, you cannot just apply. After a degree you have to pass another exam which puts you on the waiting list. In Bkk these are normally held every two years. Last one had over 2,000 people and only about 200 passed as the questions are quite ambiguous, the pass rate is 60%. Many people taking the exam are already teaching in private Schools. I did read that they need a lot more teachers though and will guarantee a job with people passing a degree at a certain level, I believe it was 3.5. Of course you can pay the bribe to get you on the waiting list but at 200.000k it's might not be worth it. Easier to get a job in the country but it seems most people want to be in Bkk. Good luck to her anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bookemdano View Post
    Hello,
    Any advice greatly appreciated...

    Easier to get a job in the country but it seems most people want to be in Bkk. Good luck to her anyway.
    Luckily we are both in Chiang Mai, this might be a slight advantage. She is off to Chiang Mai University tomorrow to see the education faculty and run through her options.

    Thanks for the advice though. I never though it was so hard for Thai's to land a teaching job; after all, the money isn't exactly, 'up there'. She wants to go for elementary level and just to improve her English enough to pass the IELTS I have paid for her to do a few courses with the British Council.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Only social benefits,
    Another benefit is the uniform she'll have to wear whilst she's learning.

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    People assume the role they play. My fiancee is a teacher and is a really decent person. I'm sure she was before she became a teacher, however she STAYS this way because she needs to be seen by the local community as above reproach. There is no way she would ever do anything bad, as people are everywhere in Thailand and she would be seen.
    It's a great way to keep a girl on the straight and narrow.

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    Always best to keep them occupied good luck to her, my miss's is applying for open University at the moment

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    I actually have another thread running on TV and one lady told me that a taught M.ed degree in Thailand focuses only on education admin and she would be better to go for a certificate that would not only be much cheaper but would get her into work much quicker...

    Actually some schools do seem to accept teachers without certification if they have abilities. I have a friend who has experience tutoring English and she got a job at a techno teaching. She is getting her certificate on weekends while she works. It takes a year of weekends to get it while you are working I guess. Anyways, she's 32 or so and previously worked for companies doing assort work mostly related to English in recent years. She did teach little kids at nights and weekends for extra money at the same time. She has a BA in Business English. Anyways she was able to get a job without more education.

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