I am responding to a letter from Mike concerning cheating, plagiarism, and copying.
That has been a problem here as long as I have been here and long before that. I hate to be the barer of bad news, but every teacher I know of has tried to stop it, including myself, with no success. Only to be labeled as trying to force our western ways on the students. That is the way the heads of schools and Thai teachers got their "education". (sic) So, they are not about to do anything about it. If they couldn't copy good enough to get a good score, money sure would.
I am not one to give advise, but once you accept Thailand's education system the way it is and teach the ones that want to learn,(which are the only ones you can teach anyway), you'll do just fine. In other words, roll with the punches. You'll surely sleep a lot better at night That doesn't make it right I know, but that is the way it is. Welcome to Thailand.