- The Department of Basic Education has opened up the second phase of teaching assistant post to the unemployed youth of South Africa
- The department is urging people between the ages of 18 and 35 to apply and particularly encouraging women and people with disabilities to take up the opportunity
- The department says people who are successful in their applications will be trained and will gain experience
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JOHANNESBURG - Unemployed youth aged between 18 and 35 are being encouraged by the Department of Basic Education to apply for the teaching assistant posts that have recently opened up.
The new posts come after the first wave of applications that were introduced by President Cyril Ramaphosa to employ 300 000 people proved to be successful.
According to SABC News, people interested in applying for the post can have a look at the department's social media platforms for direct prompts on how to apply.
Basic Education Department's spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says the news about hiring teach assistants has been welcomed by parents and school governing bodies who are pleased that children will be receiving more help.
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Mhlanga also stated that the teaching assistant posts will give teachers an opportunity to focus on teaching learners while the assistants help school kids with their homework.
According to East Coast Radio, successful applicants will be given a post for five months starting in November and ending in March 2022. They will also be trained and will be given the opportunity to gain experience for future employment opportunities.
The department is also encouraging women and people with disabilities to take the opportunity and apply. The closing date of applications is 3 October 2021.
Cuban education specialists paid close to R14 million, says Minister Angie Motshekga
In other basic education news, Briefly News reported that R13 931 883 has been paid to 19 Cuban maths and science subject specialists brought into the country in this financial year, according to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.
This amounts to an average of R61 105 per month or R733 257 annually per specialist. Motshekga made the revelations in a written response to parliament in a reply to questions from DA member of parliament Sicelo Mabika, who asked whether her department had concluded any employment agreements with any Cuban entity in the last 10 years.
Motshekga said a bilateral agreement on collaboration on professional services in the field of basic education was signed between South Africa and Cuba in November 2016. The agreement is valid for five years from 2017 until 2022.
A report said there are currently 19 Cuban specialists who are beefing up teacher capacity, among others things. Motshekga has since defended the Cubans’ employment, per IOL.