There are two Filipinos in Phuket who are about to be charged for hitting their students. Both claimed they don’t have an idea it is illegal here in Thailand. However, ignorance of the law is not an excuse, and never will be. Honestly, that was exactly my thought as well. But not anymore of course. Why? Because there are several Thai teachers scattered across the country who hit their students harder than we thought, at least according to my students. In fact, some parents would ask teachers to hit their kids if they behave badly.
But the truth is, even Thai teachers are not allowed to hit their students.
It is illegal for any employee at a school, including teachers and directors, to apply any form of corporal punishment on any child. The ONLY punishments allowed by law are:
2. Exclusion from Class
3. Exclusion from School.
2. Individual schools to opt out of the law.
3. To claim flexibility on the law – it is just as illegal to hit soft as it is to hit hard.
Most of us thought it’s fine. Most of us thought it’s normal. But you have been warned!