NATIONAL NEWS - The Western Cape Education Department is looking to recruit over 20 000 education assistants and general school assistants for schools over the next few months, the department said in a press release yesterday.
The director of communications, Bronagh Hammond, said the WCED is looking to recruit 12 777 education assistants and 7 625 general school assistants under the Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI) programme. Part of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme, the programme will run from 1 December 2020 to 31 March 2021.
Hammond said the initiative is targeting youth between the ages of 18 and 35. The stipend to be paid for all education assistants and school assistants will be R3 500 per month, as allocated to them by National Treasury.
The duties of education assistants will include the following:
- Supporting teachers with technical preparations of the classroom for teaching and learning and ensuring that teaching materials are available and ready for use;
- Assisting with the reading programme for the foundation phase;
- Supporting teachers in libraries, science laboratories, IT laboratories and technical workshops; and
- Providing after-school support to learners where applicable.
General school assistants will:
- Assist in administration, data capturing, issuing of textbooks and record keeping;
- General maintenance;
- Care and support; and
- IT support.
Applicants for education assistants must be qualified unemployed graduates (NQF6/7) or have an NQF 4 (matric) qualification, between the ages of 18 and 35. School assistant applicants must be 18 to 35 years old. NQF 4 qualification (matric), Year 4 Schools of Skills qualifications, or higher qualifications will count in their favour, but are not a requirement.
Candidates cannot apply at schools, nor through the WCED.
Candidates without access to the internet can call 0800 727272, which is a toll free number. Candidates will learn if their application had been successful by 1 December 2020. If experiencing trouble with the above site, as demands are high, they can register here - but this site is not data-free.
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