2005年 05月 27日
From Mainichi、2 teachers handed pay cuts for eloping
FUKUOKA -- Two teachers who ran away together while they were having an affair, taking three days' absence without notice, have been handed pay cuts, it has been learned.
The Fukuoka Prefectural Board of Education handed the two 32-year-old teachers from a Kurume municipal junior high school 10 percent pay cuts for one month. They have expressed apologies over their actions.
"We caused the students trouble. We ran away together with the intention of giving up teaching, but we want to have another go at it," one of the teachers was quoted as saying.
Prefectural education board officials said the teachers left Kurume together from the evening of April 8, and headed for Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures. They were supposed to return to school after the weekend on April 11, but they were absent until April 13.
The male teacher has a wife and child, and the female teacher is single. The Kurume municipal education board has ordered the male teacher to undergo training at a facility for schoolteachers. The female teacher is resting for medical reasons. Both teachers were in charge of classes, but other teachers took over while they were absent and their classes were not affected. (Mainichi Shimbun, Japan, May 27, 2005)