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Phase IV of the Basic Education Employment Initiative commences

Phase IV of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI), implemented as the Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI), has commenced today.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Department of Basic Education said the commencement of Phase IV is aligned with the beginning of the 2023 academic year, and provides an opportunity for youth to be in schools at a critical time and period when they are needed.

This follows successful implementation of Phase I – III, where more than 850 000 job opportunities were created for youth.

The target for Phase IV is planned for 255 000 job opportunities for youth across the nine provinces. The 255 000 is split into two cohorts of +/-150 000 and 105 000 youth, respectively.

The first cohort is starting on 1 February 2023, with the second cohort of 105 000 starting on 1 May 2023. However, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape will appoint single cohorts each, starting on 1 March and 1 February 2023, respectively.

“The PYEI-BEEI leverages on the fact that there is a public school in every community in South Africa, which is an enabler for government to provide job opportunities to the most vulnerable youth, who under normal circumstance might have to leave their communities to access opportunities.

“Inclusiveness is thus a key pillar of the initiative. In the same vein, schools have been encouraged to give opportunities to youth with disabilities, as well as more girls/females recruited,” the DBE said.

The department said that schools have also been guided to prioritise youth living in communities where the schools are located. In this way, they do not have to spend money on transportation between their homes and the schools where they will be employed.

PYEI Phase IV aims to provide youth with soft and hard skills required in the world of work.

“The focus for Phase IV is to provide support to educators to contribute towards improved learning outcomes. To this end, most of the youth will be working with educators in the classroom as Curriculum Assistants.

“Curriculum Assistants are not teachers and are not required to teach, as teaching and assessment remains the responsibility of the teacher. Reading Champions will assist learners with reading to ensure that they can read for meaning,” the DBE said.

The department said that the focus in this regard will be in the Foundation Phase to ensure that a solid foundation is built for future learning.

E-Cadres will be required to assist with ICT integration in teaching and learning. In the past phases, schools have also used e-Cadres to help with administrative tasks.

Caleb Tayi
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