basic education employment initiative



With an extremely high rate of youth unemployed, job advertisements from the education department are seen as an attractive proposition. This is especially true when that same department has launched youth employment initiatives in the last year.

To ensure participants are better equipped for the world of work, the education department will strengthen their employment initiative by offering participants short courses.


Thousands of parents in the Gauteng province are advised to get ready for the upcoming school admission season, as there is less than a month left before the online allocation period begins.


In 2014, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga published the Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure regulations. This law set out that all schools must have water, electricity, internet, working toilets and safe classrooms.


The education department has announced that schools cannot make new education assistant appointments. As this phase of the youth employment initiative concludes, Skills Portal spoke to three individuals who participated in the programme to find out how it impacted their lives.


More than 250 000 young people gained jobs through a government employment initiative in partnership with the Department of Basic Education (DBE). The continuation of the initiative is now in doubt as the education department revealed its latest plans.


The Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) guides employers and employees in South Africa around fair employment labour practices. However, does this legislation extend to teaching assistants employed at schools in the country?

Research from Stellenbosch University suggests that around 45% of teachers will retire by 2030. To replace the loss of these teachers, tertiary education institutions will need to produce 50 000 teachers per year by 2030.


Parents in Gauteng will be submitting online school applications to help their children secure a placement for the 2023 school year. The education department in the province has provided parents with some tips for their applications.


Not knowing which school your child will be attending the following year can cause great stress and anxiety for parents around the country. One provincial education department has explained why this week is crucial in alleviating the anxiety of parents.


There have been engagements about newly published Education Laws, since the Department of Basic Education (DBE) received more than 5 000 written submissions from stakeholders and the general public. While the laws are scheduled to come into effect before the end of the year, there have been calls for changes to be made. 


A mere cursory glance at social media and parent groups shows the anxieties and frustrations of parents with school going children today regarding access to an excellent education. 

Parents in the Western Cape have faced numerous challenges when trying to enrol their children in schools in the province. This is especially true when the enrollment requires the use of the provinces’ online admissions system.


Two Western Cape schools have been named among the top ten schools in the world and will now go on to compete for a cash prize of $50 000.

A school’s code of conduct sets out the rules learners are expected to follow and the values they must uphold in and around the premises of a school.


School suspension, expulsion, compulsory attendance and language of instruction policies are just some of the continuous issues raised in the latest proposed schools regulations. Concerned groups have called for greater clarity related to some of the clauses in the governments plans.


The sale of alcohol on school premises, increased regulation of homeschooling and making Grade R attendance compulsory are just some of the continuous issues raised in the latest proposed schools regulation.


Police investigations are currently underway after a fire gutted several classrooms at a Gauteng primary school earlier this week.


The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in learning losses for hundreds of thousands of South African learners. However, the lives of teachers have also been lost, with a reported 3000 educators losing their lives due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Overcrowded classrooms continue to hinder the ability of children to learn in schools around South Africa. The issue of overcrowded classrooms has resulted in a Gauteng school being closed for days as concerned parents demanded answers.