More Than 5.5 Million People Apply For Teaching Assistant Jobs

The department has received more than 5.5 million applications for their Teaching assistant and general school assistant posts. Around 278 000 positions were available when the application process opened at the end of last month. 

Known as the Basic Education Employment initiative (BEEI), the program aims to provide employment for unemployed youth at schools around the country. 

Basic Education Department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says the number of applications received by the department shows the desperation of young people for employment in South Africa.

Mhlanga explained that qualifying applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 35 currently, and should not be pursuing studies or receiving any form of government grants. 

He said, “unfortunately you know we can only accommodate the number as per the spaces that are available. Even if others qualify, the system was really designed to try to make good use of the limited resources that we have to ensure that even those that have not received any support of any type whatsoever are able to benefit as well because if you are getting something then please give others an opportunity to also receive something”. 

Mhlanga says that even though the department won't be able to help all of the applicants, the system could be used to direct them to other opportunities. 

He said, “the benefit of doing this now, in this way with an online only application system, is to make sure that at the end of the process we have a good quality database of young people who are looking for employment so that they can be redirected to other opportunities that already exist”. 

After the deadline of the 10th of October, the department will begin evaluating applications and appropriate candidates will be shortlisted.

Should you be shortlisted for a position, you will be asked to provide the following documents 

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Testimonials (former school, local chief, church leader, etc)
  • Police clearance certificates
  • Affidavit/Declaration by applicant stating he/she has no criminal record while awaiting the Police clearance
  • Certified qualifications such as Matric, (where applicable: NQF Level 4)
  • Qualification certificate, for Education Assistant applicants with NQF level 6 and 7 an added advantage)
  • Certified copy of identity document/ passport



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