Not only did he catch the swine flu… he GOT FIRED as a result of it! Click to hear all about it, from how the teacher found out he had swine flu, to his treatment, and his academy’s reaction!
"Mark" was fired nine months in after taking a vacation to Thailand and returning to Korea ill. He went to the doctor and got tested for swine flu, but not surprisingly his director wanted him to come to work anyway. When the director learned of his positive test the next day, the director said he had to close the school, and word is some students quit as a result. The teacher wanted to be paid for his mandatory time off from school, was thus fired, and is now looking to get his severence pay, return airfare, and the wages over the next 30 days, but presumably will not be paid those or the three months of wages remaining on his contract.
Give it a listen, and decide for yourself who's right, who's wrong. A cautionary tale for those teachers who may want to travel abroad before, between, or during their contracts, and a foreshadowing of what could happen at schools and academies around the country this fall. There's a discussion on this Dave's ESL Cafe thread as well.