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The career of a teacher is undeniably always highly regarded.
If the issue of salary is discussed, are the wages for a teacher in Malaysia worth it or otherwise?
Some teachers in Malaysia must work second jobs to live comfortably.
Recently, well-known lawyer Fedtri Yahya has uploaded a tweet on his Twitter page concerning this.
The tweet featured a screenshot of the sharing from a kindergarten teacher, which has caught the public’s attention.
Through the sharing, a teacher asked if it was still normal to earn RM450 a month in today’s economy.
Tak dapat dibayangkan… pic.twitter.com/uRGRFZ1loy
— Fedtri Yahya🇲🇾 (@fedtriyahya) June 21, 2022
In fact, the teacher works as a kindergarten teacher in an Islamic kindergarten but refused to reveal the name of the centre.
The teacher has to work from 7.30 am to 1 noon with 19 students with a high target for academics, memorizing surahs (chapters) and hadith (collected accounts of the sayings, actions and habits of the Prophet Muhammad).
She also had to prepare food and take care of students with autism, while the employer is only around at times but never helps out.
The kindergarten teacher’s colleague has been working for almost 10 years but still earns RM500.
However, they both do not have the courage and channel to voice about the salary.
Teachers Look At Different Ways Of Making Ends Meet
On social media, the public condemned the teacher’s employer and asked for the kindergarten to be reported to the labor office.
Sadly, it appears that such sad cases of low pay are not uncommon.
Some teachers earn more than their full-time teaching job by doing part time work.
On the other hand, parents said they pay as much as RM570 per child.
They had hoped that such huge amount would contribute towards a decent salary for the teachers.
This one also sama, weekend suka² dia je nak atur kita turun ke tidak 🗿 Aku sggp stay dlm class dgn budak² drpd menghadap “leader”. Dah lah kdg² cikgu lain tak masuk kita yg ganti last mins, tapi gaji sama je. Dekat rumah sekalipun tak kuasa dah aku. Ended up, bye adios. https://t.co/siPZbH7mlM
— Ayang ☘️ (@aaygx) June 22, 2022
tu laa psl sis tu la hakikatnya gaji cikgu tadika mmg mcmtu,dkt previous school sy GA pn basic cuma 1.2k je mntk lebih rm100 pn depa tak bg 😢 Parents semua terkejut bila depa dpt tau& semua tanya knp sy resign smpai bdk2 pn quit jgk bila sy xde
— Khaira_ (@feyra_daisy) June 22, 2022
Others said the low pay had contributed to a decline in the national education system.
There is a major brain drain issue in Malaysia. In old days teachers were passionate in educating students and disciplined us so that we succeed. These days education system is so screwed that teachers with the salary they get,have no interest nor passion their predecessors had
— SueAli (@SueAli43173221) June 1, 2022
Are Malaysian Teachers Underpaid?
Teachers’ salaries in Malaysia reportedly have a minimum salary starting at RM2,188 with a salary increase rate of RM225 per year.
It is estimated to start at RM26,256 a year, although the numbers can vary.
This is literally higher than a teacher’s salary 😭 The average salary for a Kindergarten Teacher is RM1,333 per month in Malaysia, maybe I should just give up on that dream 💔 https://t.co/Z93sutfjQp
— Asherin ♡ Dimitri (@A4044S) August 27, 2020
According to a research, a person working in teaching industry in Malaysia typically earns around an average of RM6,990 per month.
Salaries range from RM3,350 (lowest average) to RM12,700 (highest average).
In the employment market, it is common to find jobs that pay more than teachers on the lower end of the income range.
The average monthly salary includes housing, transport, and other benefits.
The average income of teachers in Malaysia is in contrast to regional trends, where average teachers’ pay has been increasing.
Sen @WinGatchalian74: The average annual teachers’ salary in the Philippines, inclusive of benefits, is $18,160 while the ASEAN average is at $27,742. Brunei currently tops the list with an annual teacher salary of $55,263, while Vietnam is at the bottom with $3,877.
— Kim M. Badbadon (@kimmbadbadon) July 6, 2019
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