Beyond three months: teacher assistants finally get clarity on their future
Education department gives the go-ahead to extend the contracts of the 320,000 recruits employed countrywide
Teacher unions have welcomed a recent announcement by basic education minister Angie Motshekga that schools will be able to employ education and general assistants after their contracts expired at the end of April.
But the unions were adamant that schools should not use education assistants as teachers because they don’t have a teaching qualification.
The duties of education assistants, among other things, include handing out workbooks, textbooks and worksheets to pupils, helping the teacher to photocopy question papers and managing pupil behaviour...