Teacher Workload Rules to be Addressed

Kompas, page 12

The workload of teachers in schools will be set to 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week. With the workload that will not only take into account the face-to-face (teaching) in front of the classroom, teachers are expected to be able to focus on teaching in their respective schools. So far, as a result of only considering face-to-face in the classroom, many certified teachers seek additional teaching hours at other schools in order to meet the minimum 24 hour face-to-face (teaching) per week. They were busy pursuing the fulfillment of the minimum figure for face-to-face (teaching).

Director General of Teachers and Education Personnel Ministry of Education and Culture Sumarna Surapranata said Education Minister Muhadjir Effendy in several meetings conveyed, teachers have to work 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week. According to the provisions in the Law on Teachers and Lecturers, teacher tasks include five matters: planning, implementation (teaching), assessing, guiding, and other additional tasks.  Kemdikbud will create a policy that the five primary activities of teachers as mentioned in the provisions must be implemented in schools.

Secretary General of the Indonesian Federation of Teachers Union Listyarti Retno said teachers who are functional employees actually work without time limitation. The policy of evaluating the workload of teachers is rated more to streamlining the full day school plan.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Association of Indonesian Teachers Muhammad Ramli said if the improvement of the workload of teachers is done, its application should be adapted to the geographical and social conditions of the local communities. The workload of principals must also be addressed. School principals should not be teachers given additional duties as principal. The school principal is required to teach 8 hours per week.

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