Authorities in the Philippines have urged Filipino teachers wanting to join their 17,921 compatriots in Thailand to learn more and improve their skills before going to join them.

According to the EF English Proficiency Index in 2017, the Philippines ranked 15th among 80 countries.

Filipinos are sought after to work overseas, especially in non-English-speaking countries like Thailand, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.

Dr Robert Galindez, chief executive officer of the Saint Robert’s Group of Companies in Thailand, said Filipino teachers were most sought after in Thailand because of their skills and credentials.

“The Filipino teachers are probably the best teachers in the world,” Galindez said. “They are not only qualified, equipped with the credentials required by the Teachers Council in the case of Thailand, but armed with the most important qualification – the love for teaching and the passion to make their students learn and prepare not only for the university, the industry but to live their lives to the fullest.”

Galindez said that despite being the most in-demand profession in Thailand, most Filipino teachers do not seek professional growth and pointed out the importance of further education.

Thailand has been a steady destination for professionals seeking English teaching jobs since late 2000. The Philippine Embassy in Thailand said there are a total of 17,921 Filipinos in the country.