Unemployed youth have been urged to apply for assistant posts in the Department of Basic Education.

In 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that almost 300 000 unemployed youth would be hired as teaching assistants in public schools.

After a successful first phase, the second phase of applications has kicked off on Monday.

Department Spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga says people aged between 18 and 35 are encouraged to visit the Department of Basic Educationt’s social media platforms to apply.

“It was highly welcomed by school governing bodies and general communities because the parents knew that there was more people in school looking after their children. Teachers will focus on teaching and the assistants will provide support in homework,” says Mhlanga.

“In fact, it’s even needed more now because schools are on a rotational timetable. When learners are not in school, they are given projects to do at home. When they come back, the assistants will provide support to teachers to check if indeed the work has been done, while the teachers are focusing on work going forward,” he adds.

 

However, some eligible applicants have taken to social media to express their frustration over the initiative.

They have accused the government of not taking the high unemployment rate seriously.