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This article is part of the Teachers' Notes series on unpleasant teaching experience.
As a teacher, I have had my share of an unpleasant experience, namely when dealing with difficult students. Incidents like this often happen when I can’t focus on teaching in class.
Sometimes, teachers get more assignments besides teaching, so they often have to leave the class unattended. The empty class will be taken over by another teacher who also has another class to teach.
Because the teacher has to go back and forth between the two classes simultaneously, students get distracted and put the class in chaos. As a result, the teacher uses most of their time to calm the students down instead of teaching them.
I think the problem can be solved by assigning a civil servant at school in charge of handling various administrative tasks, such as correspondence, certificates, or input students’ data into The Ministry of Education and Culture’s Education Data Centre. This way, teachers can focus on their main job, educating students.
*This Note was written by SM, a primary school teacher in East Java.
**All articles published in the Teachers' Notes are the views of the authors. They have been edited for popular writing purposes and do not represent the views of RISE Programme in Indonesia or RISE's funders.