Friday, July 20, 2007

On Teachers Welfare

Instead of spending time with students, a large group of teachers hit the streets of Jakarta on Thursday to voice out their demands to improve welfare and to put pressures to lawmakers and government to implement the People’s Consultative Assembly decree to allocate 20% of the state budget fund for education purposes.

We support the demand. The questions, among others, are where, how and when the decree shall be implemented. The when is obvious: at the earliest possible date, or it in fact should already be yesterday. The where and how, however, needs a little bit more in-depth analysis.

Where the fund shall be channeled to? The easiest answer is to allocate it to whatever sectors that contributes to the improvements of the education. Easy answer, however, is seldom the best answer.

The how is related with the plan and control, as a significant portion of the fund will certainly be used ineffectively without proper plan and control. The concern of potential mass corruptions is there, especially when the funds are used to improve or upgrade facilities and infrastructures.

Teachers salary and allowances are relatively low, we know it. No questions that the situations shall be improved. Increasing teachers’ welfare, however, will not necessarily correlate with the improvements of the quality of the teachings, but it will surely help, and there is a good argument about it.

More rigorous trainings are needed and measurements shall be in place on the quality of the teachers. The knowledge and the way it is delivered shall be measured. Those who are not qualified shall attend further trainings or reassigned to non-teaching jobs. Good remunerations shall be accompanied by proper punishments.

We need good teachers, the best possible ones. The best teachers come from the best students graduated from the best universities, who are then trained well with teaching methods and skills, with passion for learning and teaching.

Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) is considered as the best school in the country, primarily because of people’s perceptions that its alumni are highly marketable and that they can make a good living by holding its degree. ITB therefore can attract and only accept the best out of the best students.

For Universitas Negeri Jakarta (UNJ), previously known as IKIP Jakarta (Teachers Training Institute), to be able to attract the best students, it must build the kind of reputation. There was a cooperation between UNJ and ITB signed in the year of 1999, where ITB would provide assistance to upgrade UNJ faculty members.

Until now, however, students and parents have not yet been convinced that profession as teachers is a good and prestigious one. There is no proof yet. It is not surprising that UNJ has never been parents and students' favorites.

Hence, we certainly need to upgrade teachers welfare, as one of the conditions to attract the best students to enroll to teachers training institutes. The availability of excellent learning facilities and infrastructures for the teachers to improve their knowledge and wisdom are also needed.

Invest heavily on education and research, and this country will be one of the most respected countries in the region within just a few decades. Wanna bet?

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  1. Sedih melihat nasib guru di ind tdk diperhatikan, beda bgt sm anggota DPR, apa krn pekerjaan sbg guru gak elit yah??? sbg perbandingan, kalo di sini gaji guru malah setara loh sm sektor swasta, bahkan bisa lbh besar bagi yg sudah lama mengajar. Mudah2an pem mau memikirkan nasib para guru...

  2. iya, bener, mas..sebenernya guru adalah profesi paling penting untuk menjadikan bangsa ini bangsa yang besar...

    jadi prioritas sy dalam mencari sekolah anak skrg bukan 'sekolah favorit' tapi guru2 yg berkualitas, dan bisa jadi memang sekolah ini jadi ngga murah...

    btw, anak sy bercita2 jadi guru, mas ;-)

  3. It is, indeed, very sad to see the welfare of our dear teachers in Indonesia, especially considering that Indonesia's new generation is literally on their hands...

    We need good teachers to build a good and solid new generation which will take over the responsibility in building the country and the nation in the future.

  4. A very sad situation indeed. I think I was lucky to be taught by amazing and wonderful teachers during my school years.

    The government need to allocate more funds for education. we're not gonna see the outcome now, tomorrow, or even in 2 years. but our children will see the impact of these funds in the future.

  5. makanya anak-anak sekarang jarang banged yang punya cita-cita menjadi guru.
    besar jasa, miskin dana...
    gimanapun guru juga manusia.. butuh duit buat nambal perut... iyah ga pak?

  6. hai Mas, makasih ya udah mampir... demo guru kemaren itu ya?

    guru yang terbaik berasal dari lulusan terbaik sebuah universitas terbaik, setelah itu ditraining jadi guru... sayangnya akademisi lulusan universitas terbaik negeri ini lebih suka jadi komentator dari pada jadi guru...

  7. dulu cita-cita saya jadi guru sekolah siang loh...
    sekarang sih cita-citanya bukan jadi guru, tapi kalau sudah pensiun ingin mengisi waktu dengan jadi guru saja (mengajar di perguruan tinggi atau sebagai guru les karena bebannya relatif lebih ringan.) Atau mungkin buka sekolah sendiri, supaya bisa menetapkan mutu pendidikan yang lebih baik?

  8. yang paling kasihan adalah guru2 honorer. gajinya kadang di bawah UMR.

    kalau guru di sekolah negeri/swasta favorit, biasanya kesejahteraannya agak lumayan. ada gaji dari pusat, tambahan dari dinas pendidikan kota/kabupaten, lalu ada lagi tambahan dari SPP.

  9. tas hitam dari kulit buaya.....selamat pagi, berkata bapak oemar bakri........lalalala...tapi mengapa gaji guru oemar bakri seperti dikebiri....dah...nyanyinya dah selesai...(nunggu honor dari yg punya blog...)