Honorary Teacher during Pandemic: Like Rubbing Salt into the Wound

The Covid-19 pandemic has double impacts on the economy of honorary teachers in Bogor Regency. Their side business income has decreased, and their teaching salary is only paid once every three months.

An honorary teacher in Bogor Regency.
An honorary teacher in Bogor Regency received food package assistance. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BOGOR REGENCY – Before the Covid-19 pandemic occurred, the economy of honorary teachers had already been slumped. Their salary has been lower than the Regional Minimum Wage (UMR) and requires teachers to find additional income such as selling or tutoring. On the other hand, the Covid-19 pandemic has also hindered their side businesses.

According to Mahatir Qathafi from ACT East Bogor Program team, during the pandemic, the salary payment of honorary teachers in Cipeucang Village, Cileungsi District, Bogor Regency has been postponed. This condition worsens the difficulty faced by honorary teachers.

“The pandemic has destroyed the side businesses of honorary teachers. It is worsened by the school’s financial problems that cause teachers to be paid once every three months. It is like rubbing salt to their wound,” said Mahatir, Saturday (7/24/2021).

Mahatir continued that to ease the burden of these honorary teachers, ACT delivered food package assistance on Saturday (7/24/2021). In addition, ACT also provided financial assistance to 10 Islamic middle school teachers in Cipeucang Village.

“The teachers thanked generous benefactors for their concern about the condition of honorary teachers during the pandemic. They hope that the assistance will be sustainable since the Covid-19 pandemic is yet to end," explained Mahatir.[]