Basic Education scrambles to find ways to pay teacher assistants
The Department of Basic Education has reiterated its commitment to finding a lasting solution to the challenge of non-payment of some general and teacher assistants employed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The group are part of the Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI), aimed at addressing deficiencies in the basic education programme as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The initiative formed part of the President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Employment Stimulus Programme. The basic education sector was set to create 100 000 general school assistant jobs and 200 000 education assistant opportunities.
In a statement, the department said it had embarked on urgent steps to assist provinces in arresting the delays experienced in the payment process.
“The DBE convened an urgent meeting of Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) of the nine Education Departments across the country on Tuesday,” reads the statement.
The department urged all education and general assistants who are yet to receive their pay to contact coordinators in their respective province.