By Lucas Ramabu
The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga says sector has welcomed close to 290 000 young people, who have been employed on contract as Education Assistants and General School Assistants. She was speaking during media briefing yesterday, on Sunday regards the state of readiness for public schools, which were expected to officially reopen today, Monday following a two-week delay,
Angie Motshekga says these young people have been employed in their schools, as the Sector’s response to the President Ramaphosa’s Fiscal Stimulus Package, announced in April 2020. She says it is called Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI).
Motshekga says the BEEI seeks to address COVID-19 related academic disruptions, as well as helping in dealing with lingering systemic challenges and provide support to workers negatively and directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
She further say portion of the R7 billion allocated for the BEEI, is targeted at saving SGB-funded posts in public schools and Government subsidised independent schools.
She adds that they are working hard to ensure that the delayed payments of some of these Educational assistants and General school assistants, are addressed immediately.