Covid-19 Causes Double Difficulties for M.Rozi, an Honorary Teacher in Lima Puluh Kota

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the salary of honorary teachers was already low and it required them to take double jobs or run side businesses. Currently, the pandemic has caused the side businesses of M. Rozi to experience losing and his salary to be delayed.

Muhammad Rozi received food package assistance from Global Zakat-ACT.
Muhammad Rozi received food package assistance from Global Zakat-ACT. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, LIMA PULUH KOTA – The Covid-19 pandemic have completely destroyed the livelihood of Muhammad Rozi, an honorary teacher in Kapur IX area, Lima Puluh Kota Regency. His salary as an honorary teacher is far from enough so that he has to find another source of income.

Rozi teaches in an elementary school in Dalam Village, Kapur IX District, Lima Puluh Kota Regency. Before the pandemic occurred, his salary was IDR 600 thousand per month which was not enough to fulfill his family’s needs. Therefore, he makes additional income by selling clothes after teaching.

“The Covid-19 has failed my side business. My salary as a teacher is also paid once every three months. Therefore, it’s very difficult for me. I eat modestly, but I don’t beg of anyone. I still have to be grateful for staying healthy,” said Rozi, Sunday (7/4/2021).

Rozi says that he is not the only one whose business is deteriorating due to the pandemic. Other honorary teachers also face the same situation. Many teachers can do nothing but hope for the pandemic to end soon so that the side businesses can run smoothly again and the payment of teachers’ salaries is no longer delayed.

“There are many honorary teachers who have a side business to earn additional income. They are also in difficulties. They even had to sell their motorbikes or land. Those who don't own any assets can only surrender. I pray for the Covid-19 pandemic to end soon so that the condition can return to normal," he explained.

The program team of ACT Payakumbuh-Lima Puluh Kota, Almuhsinin explained that in the time of the pandemic, many honorary teachers find it increasingly difficult to meet their needs. Thus, assistance from the benefactors is very much needed. Currently, the spread of Covid-19 in Indonesia continues to surge.

“In helping the honorary teachers who are in difficulties, Global Zakat-ACT delivered food package assistance to the teachers, including Rozi. Hopefully, in the future, there will be more people who want to help others who are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Muhsin, Monday (7/5/2021).[]