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Govt is hiring 300,000 school assistants who will be paid R3,500 each – here’s how to apply

As promised in president Cyril Ramaphosa's economic recovery rescue plan, announced last month, government is now looking to recruit 300,000 school assistants.

The Department of Basic Education is looking to place 300,000 assistants in nearly 26,000 schools across South Africa.

Successful applicants will earn a monthly stipend of R3,500 through the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator network

The contract period will begin on 1 December 2020 and end on 31 March 2021


As promised in president Cyril Ramaphosa’s economic recovery rescue plan, announced last month, government is now looking to recruit 300,000 school assistants.

Led by the department of basic education and facilitated by the Harambee Youth Accelerator, a non-profit organisation, this ambitious employment drive looks to place assistants in nearly 26,000 public schools.

This mass recruitment initiative is funded by a R100 billion stimulus package focused on job creation, and is one of the ways in which government hopes to undo the socioeconomic damage done by the coronavirus pandemic and associated lockdown. Driven by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Project Management Office, the Presidential Youth Employment Intervention project aims to create work opportunities for more than 800,000 South Africans.


The programme involves 15 national departments and spans all provinces. One of the foundations of the youth employment drive is to strengthen the learning environment in schools by creating support structures for primary educators. In this way, unemployed youth are afforded employment opportunities while, at the same time, improving the education standards for South Africa’s future workforce.

Ramaphosa previously said that the school assistancs will help teachers with “basic and routine work” so that more time is spent on teaching and enabling learners to catch up from time lost because of Covid.


Education assistants – including safety officers, cleaning staff, and school maintenance personnel – will be focused on Quintile 1–3 schools as a priority. These schools are regarded as the poorest and most under-resourced in the country.

A network of recruitment platforms – consisting of the non-profit organisations SA Youth, Harambee and Tshepo 1M – have been tasked with coordinating digital application strategies which are accessible to country’s jobless citizens.

Unemployed youth between 18 and 35 years old have been encouraged to register with these organisations which serve as government’s employment portals.





How to apply for the school assistant programme

To apply for the school assistants programme, applicants need to register with SA Youth, a data-free platform.

Applicants with post-school qualifications will be prioritised. You will also need a South African identity document – which includes citizen, permanent resident, or refugee numbers – to apply.

The registration process takes less than five minutes.

You will need to complete a form which requires basic personal information including your name, ID number, race, postal code, and contact details.

A short aptitude questionnaire, which is aimed at better understanding your current socioeconomic situation, also forms part of the registration process.

Applicants are encouraged to update their profiles – including education background and work experience – to better their chances of successful placement.

Education background is split into high school and further education. You will be able to upload associated documents and certificates.

If you experience technical problems while attempting to create your profile and apply for positions, you can call SA Youth on 0800 727272.

If you don’t have a South African ID number, you’ll need to apply through the Department of Basic Education’s online portal.

Successful applicants will be placed at nearby schools from 1 December 2020 until 31 March 2021. School assistants will earn a monthly stipend of R3,500 (less 1% UIF contribution).