The campaign began at 1pm with officers conducting inspections of the TTT Language School near Chalong Pier, the LinguaPlus Language School just south of Chalong Circle and the Phuket Rawai Language School in Baan Bangkontee, Rawai.
Capt Ekkachai Siri of the Phuket Tourist Police confirmed to The Phuket News today that no irregularities were discovered at any of the three language schools.
“We checked that the venues had current, valid business registration licences and certificates from the Ministry of Education allowing them to operate as language schools,” Capt Ekkachai said.
“We also checked the passports and visas of all the teachers and the students enrolled in courses at the schools,” he said.
“We were checking for overstays and we check the attendance records to ensure the foreigners enrolled in the courses were actually attending the classes,” Cap Ekkachai explained.
“We will continue with more inspections of other language schools elsewhere across the island next week,” he added.
Capt Ekkachai warned on Monday (April 30) that the raids were coming in the wake of raids carried out on 74 international schools in Bangkok last week to bust foreigners who had overstayed their visas, in an operation called X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner. (See story here.)