Pattaya eyes foreign English teachers to prep students for AEC

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Pattaya began laying plans to hire a group of foreigners to teach English in city schools to better prepare students for the ASEAN Economic Community.

City Manager Wuthipol Charoenpol announces the city plans to hire more native-speaking English teachers to lead classes.
City Manager Wuthipol Charoenpol announces the city plans to hire more native-speaking English teachers to lead classes.

City Manager Wuthipol Charoenpol chaired the July 9 meeting at Pattaya School No. 2 on the education plan, which features foreign, native-speaking English teachers to lead classes.

The meeting began to lay out guidelines for who will be in charge of the foreign workforce, record their hours, set a dress code and monitor their performance, among other issues.

A group of English teachers attended the meeting.
A group of English teachers attended the meeting.

Pattaya officials believe that foreign teachers are the best way to expose city public-school students to overseas cultures and improve their English-language skills. That contrasts with the Education Ministry, which earlier this year said it would decrease the number of foreign teachers and train Thais instructors to speak better English to teach students.

Officials did not state how many foreign teachers would be hired or when.