Teachers on Kasu Island Willing to Teach without Fixed Salary

"We as teachers do our job sincerely, dedicating ourselves to educate children on Indonesian outer islands. For food, we look for other means of livelihood,” said Yusri, an honorary teacher on Kasu Island, Batam.

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Teachers at Madrasah Nurul Ikhwan, Kasu Island. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BATAM – Teachers on the Indonesian outer islands are struggling to achieve one of the main goals of Indonesian independence as stated in the preamble of the 1945 Constitution: to educate the life of the nation. To achieve this goal, many teachers are willing to dedicate themselves to educating the students without receiving fixed salaries.

On Kasu Island in Batam, the teachers are paid IDR 500,000 a month from the School Operational Fund (BOS) given by the government.

One of the teachers, Yusri, said the students on the island go to school without having to pay. The funding from the government, however, is not disbursed regularly every month.

“The teachers’ salaries are not necessarily paid regularly every month. It depends on the disbursement of the BOS fund. However, the fund itself is mainly used for the maintenance of the school facilities. The teachers are paid from the remainder of the fund,” explained Yusri, Saturday (11/20/2021).

Due to the small, irregular salaries, the teachers are looking for additional income outside school hours by becoming sellers, fishermen, and offering private tuitions.

Yusri continued because the salaries are small and uncertain, the teachers are looking for additional income outside of school hours. Such as selling, private lessons, also being a fisherman.

"We as teachers do our job sincerely, dedicating ourselves to educate children on Indonesian outer islands. For food, we look for other means of livelihood such as by fishing, from which can earn up to IDR 1 million,” he added.

Global Zakat – Aksi Cepat Tanggap provided teachers on Kasu Island with financial assistance from the zakat funds from the donors. []