Honorary Teachers Work Side Job as Farmers Due to Small Salary

An honorary teacher in Prabumulih works a side job as his salary is far from decent. However, he has never thought of leaving his profession as the job gives him happiness.

Honorary teachers work as farmers.
Rido receives food package assistance from Global Zakat-ACT. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, PRABUMULIH – It is common knowledge that honorary teachers need to find additional income to make ends meet including teachers in Payu Putat Village, West Prabumulih District, Prabumulih City, who also work as farmers to support their families.

One of the honorary teachers, Rido Buemansa said that his salary for the past six years of teaching is only IDR 350 thousand per month. “Being a farmer is not a bounded job. I can work any time. The land is not mine so we have to divide the profit, 60 percent for the laborer and 40 percent for the landowner,” Rido explained when visited by ACT Prabumulih team, Thursday (11/25/2021).

Apart from Rido, another honorary teacher Atriana also works a side job as a paddy farmer. Her salary as a teacher is IDR 600 thousand per month which comes from the School Operational Assistance Program (BOS) and the Government of Prabumulih.

“Since the pandemic, my salary has been uncertain, probably due to the budget that has been projected for the pandemic recovery. Therefore, I become a farmer to increase my income or cover my expense in case my salary is paid late,” said the woman who has been teaching for 10 years.

Despite the small salary, Atriana commits to keep being a teacher as the job brings happiness to her. Atriana only hopes that the welfare of honorary teachers can continue to be considered by many people especially in the educational sector.[]