ACTNews, LIMA PULUH KOTA – Honorary teachers often receive only a meager salary. Also, the salary is not disbursed regularly. The honorary teachers often have to wait for months before they actually receive their payment.
Dedek Efendi, an honorary teacher in Nagari Sitanang, Lareh Sago Halaban District, Lima Puluh Kota Regency, has to find an additional income to support his wife and daughter.
After teaching at a school, Dedek runs his tire repair shop. From teaching and patching tires, he makes IDR700,000 to IDR1,000,000 a month. He has been opening this side-business for four years.
"This small tire repair shop is the only thing I can set up. I don’t have enough money to open a larger workshop. My current income is only enough to cover our basic needs,” said Dedek when Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Payakumbuh visited him, Thursday (12/2/2021).
Dedek was previously an administrator. He was recruited to teach because the school was short of teachers. “I’m just a vocational high school graduate. It’s difficult to get a career path,” said Dedek.
He wishes to have a higher education so that his skills and welfare can improve. "I hope that I’ll get a chance to go to college or professional school," he hoped.