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February 2015

Thai visa crackdown

Thailand is in the grip of a crackdown on ‘visa runs’, targeting long-term expatriates. The Bangkok Post estimates there are thousands of teachers working without visas.

The Post interviewed ‘Jon’, a UK national who has worked as a full-time English teacher without a visa for five years, making sixty three-monthly visa runs with little trouble, for around 3,000 bhat (£56) a time. Expat Teflers now report interrogations on return to Thailand over their numerous Thai entry stamps.

Matt Salusbury writes

Five people were charged in July in connection with the alleged embezzlement of almost $300,000 (£177,000) from the Adult English Language Acquisition Program of the Clark County School District. The school district is the fifth-largest in the US, with a jurisdiction that includes two thirds of the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, and as of 2012 had over 312,000 students enrolled.

Priscilla Rocha, the county’s former adult English language program director, retired at the age of 66 in April while under suspension following her arrest in March. This apparently arose from a tip-off from an employee that resulted in a police search of the adult English program’s premises. Rocha was indicted on fifty counts of theft and misuse of private funds going back to 2005. The grand jury indictment runs to 1,007 pages of testimony and includes over 100 exhibits.

International students stand to lose hundreds of thousand pounds in pre-paid fees because British immigration authorities appear not to have conducted financial due diligence, Gazette research has revealed.

Fifty-seven colleges previously awarded highly trusted sponsor (HTS) status have been suspended from enrolling foreign students following revelations about Toeic exam cheating (see April Gazette). Twenty-two of those suspended in June appear to have been trading insolvently at that time, with nine showing holes on their balance sheets of between £100,000 and £350,000, according to CompanyCheck.co.uk.

More than nine out of ten English teachers in Spain (in a sample of 980) were of the opinion that Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy would fail a secondary school English test. That was the conclusion of the Monitor survey on English in Spain published by Cambridge University Press (CUP) Spain & Portugal.

Julio Redondas, marketing strategy manager for CUP’s Madrid office, told the Gazette the sample canvassed English teachers from ‘private language schools, public schools, private schools, universities, from across all sectors’ and from across all of Spain’s autonomous regions. Just under a quarter of the sample believed Rajoy would flunk a primary school English exam.

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