After having hired thiusands of youths through the Assistant Educators and General Assistants program last year, the department of Basic education seems to be trying their level best to empower the unemployed youth of South Africa by providing them with short term contracts once again, the department is calling for about 287 000 unemployed youth to get a chance to be employed.
The National Department of Basic education has released a communique on Sunday the 26th March 2021 that is calling on the youth aged between 18 and 35 to start sending their application to different schools to be considered for the short them employment which will see them working from the 1st of October 2021 to the 31st of March 2022.
According to the press release published on Sunday the 26th September 2021, the department is looking for us minus 192 000 Education Assistans and about 95 000 General Assiatans who will be employed and trained in various fields in the department of Education, this is part of the Presidental Youth Employement initiative working together with the Basic Education Employement Initiative.
The department ran the similar initiative in 2020 where youth across the country were employed for a period of six months, they started in October 2020 and finished in April 2021, they will be returning to the schools and get exposed to the working environment for the period stipulated on their contracts.
While others are happy that they will at least get a chance to earn something while waiting for an employement opportunity to come, others are criticising the move questioning why is this initiative being implemented now, some are even suggesting that this is a stratergy which is being used by the African National Congress to win the elections, others are worried that the program should just be made permanent and stop this five months period thing.
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