Teachers Assistants Contracts Get Extended

Teachers Assistants Contracts Get Extended

Teachers Assistants in the Free State have had their prayers answered now that their contracts have been extended. As part of the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme, 300 000 youth across South Africa were hired to be school assistants.

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Teachers assistants, this includes education assistants and general school assistants, in the Free State got lucky as their contracts have been extended.

Their contracts were initially supposed to come to an end on 31 March but have now been extended until 30 April.

MEC of Education in the province said on Wednesday:

Today was supposed to be the last day for EA's and GSA's. Their contracts have been extended until end of April. The Free State Department of Education would like to thank them for their dedication and hard work during the difficult conditions schools faced with Covid-19.

All the tasks which were carried out by these assistants were initially done by educators and administration staff at the schools. These tasks only grew once Covid-19 hit and learners were then able to return to school after a number of months.

Schools who had limited resources were suffering and were therefore grateful for these assistants. They have then taken a lot of weight off the shoulders of educators.

The Acting Director for Human Resources, Mr Tello Khodumo.

Now that we have this intervention by the President to stimulate the economy, as Education, we saw this thing as an important aspect where we could get our schools back to normal.

"The educators were now more able to focus on learners and learners are also getting the benefits because they were all able to get specific attention to those individual learners who might have been struggling or remaining behind as the teacher was going on in the lessons," explains Khodumo.

Assistants and school staff in other provinces hope that the contracts of assistants in those provinces will be extended as well.

As part of the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme, 300 000 youth across South Africa were hired to be school assistants.

The Department of Basic Education received around R7 billion for the initiative which helps teachers and learners cope with schooling as we continue living alongside Covid-19.

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