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Education department extends contracts of assistant teachers to 30 April 2021

Following an announcement of Presidential Youth Employment Stimulus programme in December 2020, education department has decided to extend it until 30 April 2021.

Gauteng Department of Education spokesperson Steve Mabona said schools are asking the department to extend the programme beyond 30 April. He said it has brought positive impact. 

“Education department has employed 48 000 youth as assistant teachers. Assistants brought positive impact as they work with teachers at schools”, he said.

DBE spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said schools responded well on implementation of a programme. Mhlanga said they are discussing about the programme being funded for its continuation.

“Second face of the initiative will include funding, time frames and focus areas. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will monitor the programme by doing oversight visits. Duty of assistants is to sanitise, give additional support in classrooms and scan students’ temperature at schools. They also make sure that schools are clean, check corona health and safety protocols”, said Mhlanga.

Assistant teachers’ contracts were announced by South African president Cyril Ramaphosa in October 2020 and were expected to end in March 2021. The programme was launched in respond to Covid-19 pandemic and assist teachers at school.

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