LETTER TO THE EDITOR
The Ministry of Education requires all non-Thai teachers to pay 4,000 baht to take a culture course, followed by a licensing exam of 150 questions. The written test given today is in a primary school where adults have to sit on little primary school chairs. It is most uncomfortable for an adult Thai, let alone a typical Westerner, who is physically a lot bigger.
The test, in English, is administered by Thai teachers with a very poor knowledge of English and an inability to even fill out the forms. The written grammar is flawed, and many questions are so poorly worded that they have no logical answer.
Actual question in MOE exam:
"A man with no hair is:
At least one choice should have been "bald". Yet no amount of calling these and similar errors to the attention of the Ministry of Education has borne any results. They are indifferent, do not want to hire fluent proofreaders or check their answers for accuracy.
No wonder almost none of the 1,500 teachers taking this dumb test have passed.
The ministry contends that the Western teachers are ignorant, not the test writers. Well, if non-fluent Thai teachers write these tests, then the same Thai teachers should be forced to take them. After all, they teach this same nonsense to their students. Perhaps the English-language teachers featured in "Education" should lend a hand.
Jack in Thailand