Teacher Assistant Applications Not Open For PYEI Phase VI

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The Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI) in the Basic Education Sector aims to provide jobs to South Africa’s young people between the age of 18 and 34 years old, in an effort to alleviate some of the high unemployment levels amongst the youth. Some of those employed by the PYEI work in schools as teaching and general assistants.

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To combat high youth unemployment in South Africa, the South African Government launched the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI). One sector that this initiative provides jobs for is the Department of Basic Education.

This is referred to as the Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI). These sees youth being recruited to work in schools as teaching and general assistants.

Teachers Assistant Online Application 2024

The latest phase of the programme was phase 4 which commenced during the end of 2023. Finance Minister, Enoch Godongwana, announced during the last Medium-term Bugdet Policy Speech that the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI) will be extended.

However, it is unclear which programmes within the initiative, such as the Basic Education Employment initiative (BEEI) which saw teaching assistants being appointed, will be included in this extension.

PYEI Phase 5 Application 2024 Opening Date

There have recently been rumours circulating and fake messages making the rounds about phase 5 of the initiative. The messages have said that applications are open for the next phase of teacher assistant jobs with the starting date being in April.

The Department of Basic Education then clarified:

Beware of a WhatsApp message circulating about phase 5 of the PYEI in Basic Education. It's fake news, please ignore it.

They further urged the public to "Be vigilant. Don't fall victim to fake news". Any updates on PYEI in the basic education sector will be communicated using the Department's official communication channels.

Teacher Assistant Application 2024

Once a new round of recruitments is announced. applications must be submitted on the SAYouth.mobi site, which is free to use and does not require any data. The system reduces bias, non-compliance, and subjectivity to the requirements of the employment initiative. 

Progress Of BEEI - Teachers Assistant 2024

In the initial phase, 320 000 young individuals were temporarily appointed as Education Assistants and General School Assistants in various public schools around the country. The employed individuals were trained to eventually be able to enter work in teaching Home Languages, First Additional Languages, Mathematics, Business, Commerce and Management (BCM).

Phase II took place from November 2021 to March 2022, followed shortly by Phase III, which started in April of 2022, and ended in August 2022. Finally, Phase IV started in March of 2023 and ended recently, at the end of September.

The Plan for Phase IV was to place 255 000 youth employees in public schools across the country. They managed to place 92% of that goal. In total, the initiative managed to place 235 939 youth employees. 

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