ACTNews, KARIMUN – Mernawaty, an honorary teacher in Tanjung Balai Karimun, Karimun District, Karimun Regency keeps on being a teacher despite reduced salary due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For Mernawaty, being a teacher means pursuing the late heroes’ struggle.
Mernawaty explained, being a teacher has been her dream since she was in college. It was inspired by the heroes who fought for Indonesians’ educational rights.
“The heroes had fought until their last breath so that Indonesian children are able to go to school. Then, when the goal has been achieved, it is now our duty to preserve it such as by being a teacher,” said Mernawaty when met by ACT Batam team, Thursday (11/18/2021).
Although the salary of honorary teachers’ is still far from decent, Ernawaty keeps on teaching passionately. For her, teaching and the teachers’ salary are two different affairs. Students should never be left out only because their teachers face a lack of salary.
“I believe, students should never be victimized by our small salary. Insha Allah, sustenance will not only come from our salary as teachers,” said Mernawaty.
Mernawaty receives a salary of IDR 600 thousand per month. Due to the pandemic, it is now cut off by 10 percent. In order to support Mernawaty’s struggle, Global Zakat-ACT provided financial assistance on Thursday (11/18/2021).