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August 4 2015

Thailand's Education Ministry Orders Mandatory Criminal Background Checks for Foreign Teachers

Education Ministry official announced that all School administrators have been instructed to run background checks on foreigners applying for work as teachers to weed out convicted paedophiles. Assistant Minister Thirakiat Charoensethasilp said the directive was sent to every educational institution in the country after the British embassy recently received a report that a British national with a record of child sexual abuse in the UK had applied for a job as a foreign-language teacher in Thailand. Additionally, in the case of British applicants, schools were advised to check the UK 's Association of Chief Police Officers ' (ACRO) Criminal Records Office website to determine if they have a criminal record and require they present an ACRO police certificate.