Thailand could face a teacher shortage over the next five years as more than 100,000 staff reach retirement age.
Education Minister Chaturon Chaisaeng, who revealed the figures yesterday, expressed his concern after receiving a report from the Teacher's Civil Service and Education Personnel Commission (OTEPC) which said 104,108 teachers across the country will reach 60 between this year and 2018.
The report said 51,362 of the teachers come under the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec). Most of them are teachers in foreign languages, Thai language, sciences, social sciences and computer sciences.
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