The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, announced that her department has already received 3.9 million unique applications for the Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI).
Motshekga held a briefing on Friday afternoon to provide updates on the schooling sector as we continue to live alongside Covid-19.
She said that there have been more than 5.5 million people who have registered on SAYouth, where applications for the school assistant jobs are being done.
The department wants to appoint 287 000 unemployed young people between the ages of 18 and 35. Of these, 192 000 will fill teacher assistant positions and the remaining 95 000 will be general assistants.
As government, with all the challenges that we've had around Covid-19, with the teacher assistants we want to see how we can clock back on lost teaching and lost learning but also get other general school assistants to help us with infrastructure and other activities in the schools
The Minister acknowledged that there have been many difficulties when it comes to applications, including the collection of forms and scams floating around.
She made sure to emphasise that they are only considering people who have been registered on the SAYouth site and have submitted applications there. No walk ins, no collections and no recruitments will be allowed.
We are very confident that it will enrich our work.
Applications opened on 27 September and will close on 10 October. Click here to find out how you can apply.