It is often said that regret never comes first. Similarly, we only come to appreciate the value of something when we lose it. Losing a "treasured job" is a very good example. But what inculpable acts have our unfortunate colleagues committed in order to lose their jobs? Is it plain whimsical for employers to dismiss their employees? Must we hear and see more of these pathetic predicaments before we open our eyes so we don't commit similar blunders?
Well, we have all heard several cases of early termination of contracts here in Thailand? But have we personally thought of the most common reasons why teachers are forced by employers to terminate their contracts? To satisfy my curiosity, I have talked to several friends and they shared with me the main reasons why teachers get the bullet.
They said they have noted rampant cases, particularly in the project where we are teaching in now, where some of the best, the most efficient, or even the most ideal teachers are sacked from their jobs. Here are the most common reasons:
Failing to pass the probation period.
Using cell phones during class hours
Quarrelling with fellow teachers
Borrowing money from teachers and not paying it back.
Inflicting corporal punishment on students
Asking sexual favors from students.
Sleeping in the faculty room
The above reasons cause teachers anxiety, embarrassment, trauma and sometimes even a sense of injustice. It is my hope that these cases will serve as a wake-up call to all ajarns and make us more conscious of what we can do to keep our jobs.
Isn't it highly commendable when we stick to the rules of conduct of our profession, to follow what is stipulated in our contracts, and to observe the unwritten rules of teaching? Teaching is undisputedly the noblest profession. Infringement of its ethical standards is a no-no, especially to educators. As teachers, we are expected to be models of perfection. We are all accountable.
So, if we want to keep our jobs forever, give this adage a thought, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."