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  1. The fact that one even needs to show a house book is ridiculous. Half the nation does not live at the addresses. The entire nation is getting set up for data theft. They can't even get the online 90 day reporting system sorted after how many years? They don't have to show their ID cards which by law they need to have on their person anyway. So genius.
  2. I teach in a very respectable public school. All of our English teachers are conversational CEFR B2-C (C1). IELTS estimate..6.5-7. But these are based on mixed skills. Yes, they struggle with the spoken language - few Thai teachers teach speaking. Just like all Thai, they lack the conversational practice.
  3. Reform is so easy. Curriculum pulled from international standards such as Cambridge IGCSE. English exams by ETS, IELTS. Introduce new curriculum at P1 and step it up each year nationally. Retrain teachers, retest and return them so schools where they belong OR shitcsn them. Thai teachers over 40 imo are not retrain able. Have an innovative, 21c skills, EFL curriculum built by cutting edge professionals, creating lessons and lesson plans from CEFR A-C2+ Nationwide so all EFL teachers can go anywhere and they know the curriculum. No ridiculous lesson planning. Do you have a degree from one of the top 1000 universities in the world? Can you write? Can you pass an interview? Three years experience - boom, permanent license. Close all EP programs in public schools. Three hours, intensive English by Foreigners at the same time, foreigners strengthen Thai teachers skills. Dump all the Filipinos, Africans, S Africans,1 etc and hire Thais. There are enough to do EFL certainly no worse than those folk. I think the uniforms are lovely and there's nothing wrong with the extracurriculars, Thai kids go to school ten months a year, US 9. They're social, they love this part of school. What else would Thai kids be doing? They do need to drop the bs at beginning of school and finish at 2-230 There are many aspects of Thai education that are better than US - academics is not one.
  4. Number 6

    Soldering/electronics repair

    I'd recommend Fortune also. Get an overpriced quote at Amorn and shop around in the computer repair shops.
  5. Number 6

    A-C USB Cables, 20000MaH powerbank

    Fine. Buy the local junk. It's priced identically to the Amazon pricing or less. So it's much too expensive - for you. My wife said the Anker charger here is 2k more or something like that. If your phone is fast charging, it's very important to have a proper cable. Data transfer speeds will be better as well.
  6. It's not their technical ability is better, it's their fluency in English. Most likely they have degrees in engineering, but still only doing trades jobs in construction. They often graduate with full medical degrees but only become nurses in US. Those with nursing degrees change bedsheets and pans. Thailand is leaps and bounds ahead of the Philippines. Only university of Manila, the only school with a QS score in the whole of the nation. 125m people.
  7. Just a heads up. Posted a bunch of stuff in the classifieds. Overbought gear in US. All new. Wife's new powerbank 20000 it's big, heavy she can't carry it about when she's working onsite. Have a look. Thanks.
  8. Honestly, this does not sound like something smart people do. I think it rumor and blather. I've no idea but I think doctors might have a huge number of hurdles. Two additional years of school, an internship, the exams... Even someone not that clever would be able to learn that in order for them to practice in - a western country, they will need to pass exams and obtain licences. I doubt any of the faculties of medicine here are recognized by any regional board in the west. No idea. I could see someone graduating from Khon Kaen desiring to buy a degree from the top three but honestly in US it doesn't matter which school you graduate from, only that they are fully accredited. The professional must pass the exams. For all intents and purposes degrees cannot be bought from top universities here. It might not be Singapore, but this is not the Philippines either.
  9. That's unfortunate. I think the SoP and interview still can make a difference in the states. I'd like to think so at least. At Chula, my (students) experience is that it did not. I had a student absolutely perfect for the BBA program, her SATs was only 1220 and she was not admitted to the international side. She will continue to try in subsequent rounds but also apply to Thai side. Really too bad because I can see multinational corporations fighting over her in a few years. Oh well.
  10. From my experience and what I encourage is for my students on the professional track is to focus on exams and licensure here. Then go overseas for graduate study. Students doing their undergrad work overseas and returning will face Thai professional exams and may very well run into problems. If you are asking are they capable to pass medical licencing, I would say that with further study, coming from the top three medical schools it is possible. Also remember that the physicians track here is 6 years and in US for instance 8 years. As for law school or CPA the student would also need focused study. CPA perhaps, law I think that it would be a redux. I've no idea but in the grand scheme of things, my hunch is that int'l programs would only slightly better prepare students academically to practice overseas although most of Thai students largest barrier is true fluency in English which these programs do address.
  11. Very true at my school. Chula is the most favored. Mahidol is every bit as good for medicine, the oldest faculty in Thailand also specializing in tropical medicine. Thammasat for social sciences, law, polisci, international relations is solid. This is where Thailand's political activists often are found. King Mongkut KMITL is coming on strong in I.T.
  12. I've got lost in the comments, but let me try to address the core question. I teach at a public high school that is said to produce 50-70% of the Thai professional class. I am unaware of an exact quota, I do not think these sorts of quotas exist per-se. In the TCAS system you have the truly gifted students applying. Round three is the general free for all - if a student does not make the cut, they reapply round 4-5. I've no idea about the criteria but I'm learning very quickly based upon my students the last year or two as I've seen my older students now apply to university and last year teaching strictly m6 and become somewhat of an ad-hoc admissions counselor. Currently, only my students that entered international programs have been accepted. The TCAS system is screwed up and as I write this students are jamming the website with mixed results - 404 not 555. I have very solid students, some of the best in Thailand with pending apps, I'm sure most if not all will get into professional faculties. The question about who gets in, quotas and how it all related to international students, I can share the following. I'm certain that the universities take the students former schools and abilities somewhat into account as they should. This adds balance, strength and diversity to the student body. I've no idea but my hunch is there are set aside quotas for students that are not from the top public schools as a block, yet other public schools. Where an international student would fit into the Thai program is a huge unknown. I've also heard foreign intl school teachers admit the students Thai is not great. It's my personal opinion that they would not face discrimination in non professional programs, but might if their last name was western. I do not think they'd be discriminated based on attending intl school. In my opinion, these students would be far better off attending the international programs of the top 3 universities here, especially the professional programs - which are highly competitive, at the same time easier for students who can hit the bar as these programs require quite high SAT and may require university admissions exams as well. Last year in the CU BBA program, I think one third of the students SAT scores were above 1400 and it appears the cut off at 1220 although I know one student who was able to enter with 1200. Economics faculty at CU functions in a similar manner. I had a favorite student I had been coaching from a former school. She was not of the caliber of student I teach now (public-private). She was top of her class and valedictorian and despite her amazing fluency in English, her SATs were low. Her high math teacher sucked as well. Anyway, she gained admissions with my letter of recommendation to a science-y faculty in international program at Mahidol. Her parents forced her to drop that and shoot the moon for Chula. I wrote yet another letter on her behalf and luckily, she was admitted. I was hugely concerned because of her SAT scores in particular. The above demonstrates to me that the universities are trying to accept good students from all schools. Honestly, so many international school kids go abroad I'd think they are a tiny minority (that is real intl schools, IB...). From my old school the education was not good. The students from EP program only a few entered the top three universities, about 20% and some under faculties like Chinese medicine. I've no idea how students fare in admissions to regular programs coming from international schools. As stated before, the school should have that data. As an aside, years ago I had a student who was studying at BCIS and by her mother's account, her fluency in English and other competencies that was a solid education for her p1-6. She pulled her out and put her into the public I was working so as to regain her Thai language skills. I'm so pleased as she was able to pass the entrance exam where I'm now teaching and will be set to jump to CU in a few years. A lifetime of dedication and hard work. Finally, I can also relay that unlike western universities, the interview plays next to no part in the process for international programs. Or rather, it won't get you in - but may exclude you. I was disappointed to learn this honestly. I realized I've stated a lot of information, much of it not directly related but parents might find helpful. Good luck to your son's and daughters. Thai parents go to extreme lengths to get their kids into good schools. Many in and of themselves build lifelong friendships and connections. Doing well at the top 3-5 public schools all but assures a place somewhere at the top three schools. Be certain your child is prepared, IELTS, SATs once, twice if required. Ready for PAT/GAT and ONET (+90%). Choices made, applications ready to go, interview prepped. Nothing to chance
  13. I've posted in the classifieds three boxed sets of books for kids and tweens. Healthy reading. Nancy Drew Mysteries - girls Hardy Boys Mysteries - boys Goosebumps boxed set, Scholastic (18) All in great condition. I'm no longer teaching middle school (G12). Thanks.
  14. Indeed, I should have stated reporting late and not overstay as has been pointed out 2x above. I'd actually asked the cop at the overstay desk. That's all I have to say on the matter. Quibble on TV! Apologies for the information.
  15. Some months ago I had asked the board in regard to doing a 90 day report (marriage in my case), - if I departed prior to the 97th day, would I incur overstay. There was no definitive answer and I was requested by forum member to ask when I did my report and to post a follow up here. I asked both at CW and Suvarnabhumi and the answers were unanimous. I repeated my question, with the same replies. There would be no overstay leaving before on or before the 96th day (11:59pm). Based on this, I personally will chance it if caught in a similar situation again yet as we all know, the law is arbitrary and capricious. Good luck with it.