Thailand to improve scrutiny of foreign teachers

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Thai authorities have ordered schools to carry out urgent background checks on the country's foreign teachers after Australian convicted paedophile Peter Dundas Walbran was discovered teaching children in north-eastern Thailand.


Education officials admit that some foreigners applying for teaching jobs falsify their credentials and many schools fail to carry out proper background checks on applicants.


A Fairfax Media Australia report revealed last week that a simple Google search would have found that 59-year-old Walbran raped and sexually molested children as young as eight on the Indonesian island of Lombok over a nine-year period.


The Sydney man turned up teaching at Narinukun international school in Ubon Ratchathani, 630km from Bangkok, in April.

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