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education blackboard thumb medium80 92TimesLIVE reports that a total of 319,000 education assistants and other assistants will be employed at the country’s 23,093 public schools after the National Treasury approved a R7bn funding request from the Department of Basic Education (DBE).  

This was disclosed to teacher unions on Tuesday.  The DBE submitted funding requests to the Treasury for various projects, including the Education Assistants Programme (EducAP), as well as for the employment of janitors, screeners, caretakers and cleaners.  According to the department’s presentation to the unions, R4.47bn will go towards the employment of about 319,000 contract jobs, including those of education assistants and other assistants.  They will be paid a stipend of R3,500 per month with 1% contributed towards the UIF.  At least R1.2m will be allocated for provincial project management and a further R1.2m to the DBE for support, monitoring and oversight.  The roles and responsibilities of education assistants will include the following: providing support to the teacher such as typing, photocopying, distribution of teaching materials, capturing of data, filing, record keeping; supporting the teacher with technical preparation of the classroom for teaching and learning and ensuring teaching materials are available and ready to use; overseeing learners to ensure social distancing such as in the library, laboratory, school events and during lunch breaks.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Prega Govender at TimesLIVE

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