The Indonesian Teachers Association (PGRI) called on the government to improve teacher’s welfare, saying that teachers’ pay is paltry compared to their workload.

PGRI chairman Sulistyo said that under the current pay system, teachers are compensated only for their workload in classrooms and not for additional workload that they brought home or did outside of the classroom.

“Teachers are never appreciated for their role in coaching students outside the classrooms. They are not given any appreciation when they provide students additional hours of tutoring, for instance,” Sulistyo told reporters.

Sulistyo said that the new national curriculum, which is expected to start on July 15 will add more burden to teachers.

Under the new curriculum, teachers are required to clock in 24 hours per week, before having the rights to be certified and get the professional allowance.

The Teacher Law No. 14/2005 stipulates that teachers have to be completely certified to improve teacher’s professional competence that goes hand in hand with the improvement of national education quality.

Source : The Jakarta Post


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