The Ministry of Religious Affairs (KEMENAG) together with the Committee for the Covid-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery Communication Team (KPCPEN) and the Ministry of Finance launched a wage subsidy program for non-civil servant educators and educational personnel (BSU PTK Non-PNS) for PTK Non-PNS under the KEMENAG’s domain.

Previously, a similar program had been distributed to PTK Non-PNS under the Ministry of Education and Culture. This program is part of government support for PTK Non-PNS level of income in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This was conveyed by Dr. Muhammad Zain, Director for Madrasah Educators and Educational Personnel of the Directorate General of Islamic Education at the Ministry of Religious Affairs, in an interactive dialogue event titled ‘Wage Subsidy for Non-Civil Servant Educators and Educational Personnel teaching Religious Education school subject’ at the KPCPEN Media Center.

“As many as 84 per cent of the teachers in the KEMENAG domain are working on short-term contracts (honorer). Meanwhile, teachers with civil servant status amounts to only 126,000 people.

“So, the BSU PTK Non-PNS program is very beneficial for educators and education personnel within the Ministry of Religious Affairs domain.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on Madrasah teachers. Moreover, many Madrasah are operating under non-profit foundations.

“There are even some religious education teachers that are only paid Rp300,000 per month,” explained Dr. Muhammad Zain.