Paul taught EFL in Thailand for seven years. He had an employment contract with a private school for six years.
I taught EFL at a Thailand private school from 2008 until 2014. For each year, I had an employment contract with my school (which is not named here).
In this article, I reflect on my contract for the 2013–2014 school year. Highlighted are the services I provided, financial remuneration, services and benefits provided by my school, and general provisions of the contract.
Elements of My Contract for the 2013–2014 School Year
Before I began the 2013-2014 school year in May 2013, I had to sign an English teaching contract with my school referred to in this article as the Employer.
The terms of my contract addressed the following items. Each is discussed in detail in the sections that follow.
- Length of Contract
- Services Provided by Employee (me)
- Financial Remuneration
- Visa/Teaching License/Holidays
- General Provisions
- Damages and Cancellation
- Code of Ethics/Practice
- Sick Leave/Personal Leave
- Educational Attainment
Length of Contract
The length of the contract with my employer was from May 15, 2013, until March 8, 2014. In Thailand, the school year usually begins during the third week of May and ends at the end of February. One week before the start of classes and one week after the end of the school year are used as teacher workdays.
Services Provided by Employee
During the length of the contract, I provided the following services:
- Taught a maximum of 22 50-minute periods per week. This included one 50-minute club period per week.
- Arrived at work by 07:30 and remained there until 16:30 Monday-Thursday and until 16:00 on Friday. I had to positively scan my fingerprint at the time of arrival and the time of departure from school as proof of attendance. During a 50-minute lunch period, I could leave the school campus.
- Prepared lesson plans assigned to my English classes and submitted them before the beginning of each school term.
- Checked, corrected, marked, and graded students' exams, assignments, classwork, and homework regularly. Prepared students' mid-term and final exams.
- Helped train students for Christmas activities, performances, giving speeches, and participating in interscholastic forensic activities.
- Assisted in creating new curricula and placement exams for new students.
- Worked up to five Saturdays per year as part of normal duties.
- Remained in my staffroom when not teaching.
- Attended weekly staff meetings.
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- The employer agreed to pay 65,000 Thai baht per month and direct deposit it into my Thai bank account before the end of the month.
- Received 400 baht per hour for any special tutorials after the end of the school day.
- Employer-provided medical insurance
- Employer-provided free lunch and drinking water during the school day.
- The employer processed all relevant paperwork regarding the yearly renewal of my Non-B visa and teaching license.
- Holidays— All Thai national holidays were non-working and paid. Also, I was allowed 30 non-working paid days. 10 days were in October, 10 around the Christmas and New Year holidays, and 10 in April after the Thai New Year.
The following general provisions apply to me and other school teachers:
- To follow the laws of Thailand.
- To follow instructions given by the employer.
- Not to reveal information on the business conditions and/or state of projects to unauthorized persons.
- To follow the code of practice and comply with school regulations. Inappropriate dress or behavior will result in disciplinary action, by way of formal written warnings. Failure to correct behavior may result in dismissal.
- To avoid misconduct. Any offense of serious misconduct may result in immediate dismissal, repatriation, and loss of other remuneration entitlement. Acts of violence and racial or sexual abuse constitute grounds for immediate dismissal.
- To provide for a minimum of one day per contract for professional staff development through the attendance of conferences, workshops, and teaching seminars.
- To request participation from the employee for events that are for the commercial promotion of the employer such as advertisements, model lessons, and photo sessions.
Damages and Cancellation
- If the employee breaks the contract before its expiration, the employer has the right to claim damages.
- The contract may be canceled by either party by giving one month's notice in written form.
Code of Ethics/Practice
- Teaching materials should be adequately prepared and appropriate for both the student's level and abilities.
- Corporal punishment is not permitted under Thai law.
- Switch off mobile phones or turn them to silent mode while teaching classes.
- Computers should be used primarily for work-related activities
- The office printer can only be used to print one hard copy of any material.
- Professional and courteous behavior toward students, colleagues, and all school staff members is expected both within and outside the classroom.
- Any teacher arriving at school affected by drugs or alcohol will face instant dismissal.
- The employee is required to stand during the playing of the Thai national anthem and the King's song.
Sick Leave/Personal Leave
- For the 2013–2014 school year, the employee can have nine days of sick and/or personal leave (either deduction of salary or reschedule missed periods.) All sick leave over one day must have a hospital's, clinic's, or doctor's note submitted to the school. If the employee unexpectedly cannot attend school, he or she must inform the school and report the situation before 07:00.
- If the employee knows he or she can not attend school on a certain day or days, the employee must complete an absentee form and submit it to the school at least three days in advance.
It's a government requirement that the employee has a degree in education or other related fields.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2020 Paul Richard Kuehn