If you are a UNISA or part time student at any distance learning institution in South Africa then you may not bother applying for the EA and GSA posts. After the mistakes of last year and the feedback received from principals and School Governing Bodies the department of basic education has tightened the requirements for the posts.
The minister of Basic education Angie Motshekga went on a stakeholder consultation meetings after the posts ended to get an understanding of the impact of the posts and the challenges experienced.
It is my understanding that some of the concerns schools raised were the requirements for those who wish to apply for the posts. A lot of students especially from UNISA and other part-time institutions applied for the posts.
This particular students are recipients of NSFAS funding. In the new requirements this students are excluded on the basis that they receive some form of assistance from government.
Other tough requirements include the part about households. The requirements make mention that only one member per household will be considered. The requirements also emphasize the part about age.
If you are turning 36 before the 31st March 2022 you need not apply. Last year job seekers were allowed two channels to apply. They were allowed to use online portal and also submit the Curriculum Vitaes at schools of their choosing.
UNISA students feel hard done by the exclusion especially since they do not get Stipend from NSFAS like their full-time counterparts. This exclusion seems like a blanket that does not consider different circumstances.
I believe principals must have complained about high absenteeism by those who are studying when they write tests, examination and assignments.
This type of relief will help add an injection to the economy that is ailing by stimulating consumption. Businesses will have increased revenue and this will also increase tax collection.
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