Honorarium Teachers Needed

Kompas, page 11

The existence of honorarium/ temporary teachers in schools is unavoidable even though nationwide the government declared an excess in the number of teachers.  Both state and private schools require them for the smooth running of the teaching and learning process. They await a certainty.   Currently, based on Kemdikbud data, in state schools recorded are as many as 674,775 honorarium  teachers.  Chairman of the Executive Board of the Indonesian Teachers Association (PGRI) Suprijadi Didi said the appointment of permanent teachers, especially the status of civil servants (PNS), is not comparable with the number of teachers who retire each year.

According to Kemdikbud projections, in the next five years, as many as 316,535 teachers will retire or an average of 62,000 people per year. Meanwhile, the procurement of professional teachers through teacher professional education as teachers who meet requirements of the Teachers and Lecturers Law is only 3,000-5,000 people per year.

According to Didi, actually gradually, the government would appoint the temporary teachers.   In the first stage, the appointment of honorarium teachers to become PNS teachers is preferably for honorarium teachers or temporary teachers (GTK) in state schools who are paid from state and regional budgets.   To date, temporary teachers in state schools are still awaiting for the appointment of honorarium teachers of the K2 category to become civil servant teachers.  He said, at the beginning of the data collection K2 honorarium teachers were recorded at 430,000 teachers. After verification, only 297,000 people are eligible.

Meanwhile Chairman of the Executive Board of All Indonesian Teachers’ Association M Fatah Yasin said temporary teachers in private schools feel discriminated against by the existence of the letter of assignment from the regional administration that temporary teachers in state schools are to be paid by the BOS funds.  He said, with the government decree from the regional administration (pemda), it becomes easier for honorarium teachers in state schools to be appointed civil servants.  On the other hand, temporary teachers in private schools must go through the public process. This leads to injustice.

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