Honorary Teacher Abdul Muisht's Struggle to Meet Daily Needs

"Students here are not charged with tuition. However, Alhamdulillah, Allah still gives me sustenance," said Abdul Muisht.

Abdul Muisht
Abdul Muisht receives financial assistance from Global Zakat-ACT. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BEKASI CITY — The welfare of many honorary teachers is still below standard. The salary received is also below the minimum wage and is often applied for several months. As a result, apart from teaching, teachers are looking for a side source of income to meet their daily needs.

Abdul Muisht (54) is one of the honorary teachers. He is a teacher at a private Islamic primary school in Pekayon Village, South Bekasi District, Bekasi City. Abdul Muisht is paid IDR 500,000 per month as an honorary teacher. He got the income from the students’ parents who volunteered to pay

"Students here are not charged with tuition. However, Alhamdulillah, Allah still gives me sustenance," said Abdul Muisht, Wednesday (5/19/2021).

Although his salary of being a teacher is not large, Abdul admits that he will not stop being a teacher. For him, this is not an occupation to make money, but a struggle to prepare the leader of the nation and religion.

Apart from being a teacher, Abdul also paddles coolies every day. The income from selling is used to meet his daily needs. The average gross income from selling cookies is IDR 70 thousand a day. Sometimes, Abdul earns nothing when no one buys his cookies.

“Sometimes, my cookies sell well, and sometimes they do not. Alhamdulillah, I would be very grateful if someone buys my cookies. If no one buys, then I go home empty-handed,” he said.

Abdul could not sell optimally because his physique is not strong anymore. If he is in good condition, he can walk from noon until dusk. Oftentimes, he is only able to sell until 04.00 p.m. Of course, this affects his income.

To ease Abdul's burden, Global Zakat-ACT provided financial assistance through the Friends of Indonesian Teachers (SGI) program. Abdul hopes that the SGI program can reach more underprivileged teachers so that the benefits will be more massive “Thanks to Allah and ACT for helping my economy. Hopefully, the SGI program can be long and spread widely," he said. []