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A canteen lunch the only benefit

22nd May 2012

I notice a lot of schools have gone from paying monthly salaries to only offering hourly wages with no benefits other than a canteen lunch. Over the past year, I’ve seen at least two schools go from paying 35k-45k per month to only offering 500-600 baht per hour - and that’s what they were paying teachers well over 15 years ago!  The salaries and conditions keep getting worse with every year.  I know African teachers from Kenya and Sudan teaching English legally in Cambodia who make more money than this - without a degree or any formal qualifications such as a TEFL certificate.  And they can have nice, large apartments with beautiful views for $125 a month.

Lisa

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