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Jakarta Post

When teaching is a personal vocation

  • Eny Wulandari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 3 2010   /  09:55 am

Few teachers, including Yulia Sri Prihartini, 45, see the profession simply as a personal call from God. Some may argue teachers are in a Catch-22 situation as they should juggle between working hard to satisfy their inner desire to enlighten their students as well as the practical needs to get a higher salary. “God arranges everything [including money],” said Yulia, who has been teaching English for 24 years.Yulia began her career at Kanisius Ganjuran junior high school in Bantul in 1986 and currently she is teaching at state junior high school SMP3 in Sleman, Yogyakarta.“It doesn’t mean that I am an idealist. But, such things [like divine intervention] just happen to me,” she told participants of the seminar to commemorate the National Education Day, which fell on Sunday, at Kanisius College in Menteng, Central Jakarta. She shared her teaching experience in her book which she...