According to Bangkok Post news:
Brain drain fears spark scholarship plan
Published: 15 Apr 2013 at 00.00Newspaper section: News
The Education Ministry plans to grant full scholarships to produce university lecturers with doctorates, to prepare for a looming shortage.
Education Minister Phongthep Thepkanchana said many lecturers who hold doctorates will approach retirement age in the next 10 to 15 years. The country will be left with a shortage of lecturers with doctorates unless something is done.
Really, I do not know where and whom Mr. Pongthep got that information from.
I think it is the common knowledge that we have had too many Ph.D.s that they have been coming out of the ears.
I believe Mr. Pongthep has got it all wrong. The University Advisory Committee is talking about the shortage of academic faculty, not the general teaching staff. Chulalongkorn University, for example, has only 3.5% of the teaching staffs who are classified as academic.
Therefore, the shortage is due to the administrative policy of classification, promotion, achievements and capabilities. Those have to be corrected with administrative, policies and merit system overhauls, not increasing numbers of Ph.D. graduates.
And I’ll be darned, this government is very expensive. Mr. Pongthep is talking about 50,000 million baht to proceed. Notice! that amount of money is the cost just only to proceed.
As the matter of fact, it has been the concern of many academicians that the glut of Ph.D.s now is just only the quantity, but the quality is no glut.
I have been in US for more than 40 years and I know of many Thai PH.D.s from American universities who cannot even speak English, and consequently these people when came back to work in Thai universities, they set up the same shoddy standards.
I have had a business in Thailand for the past three years and have hired a dozen of newly graduates and I have to admit that the turn- over rate of my staff has been high because I have found them not to be even minimally competent.
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