Teachers and General School Assistant Application

As the third phase of the teacher assistant initiative comes to its end soon, the Department of Basic Education has announced the application timeliness for the next phase. Qualifying individuals have been urged to submit their applications in line with the dates provided.

This Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI) came about as a means to reduce youth unemployment and lessen the workload of teachers by assisting them with daily activities.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has implemented three phases of the PYEI to date and the contracts of the youth who are currently participating in the Third Phase end on 31 August 2022.

The department has urged youth that has never been part of the initiative to apply for the next phase.

In an interview, the initiative’s Project Manager, Lala Maje announced:

We are going to open the applications for everyone from 22 September 2022, and they will run for three weeks up until 16 October 2022.

However, the department will open a pre-application window from 5 September 2022, which will run for three weeks, allowing young people to prepare themselves by gathering all the documents and information that will be required for their application.

Applications are to be done through the data free website, sayouth.mobi which requires the profiles of job opportunity seekers to be up to date.

As part of the qualifying criteria, you need to be unemployed and be aged between 18 and 34.

Maje has also emphasized that the department is looking for young people who did not participate in previous three phases.

The department also said applicants should be looking forward to being invited for interviews towards the end of November and beginning of the first week of December.

How To Apply for School Assistant Jobs Using SAYouth

Are you wanting to apply to become a school assistant or a teacher assistant as part of the Basic Education Employment Initiative? Here’s how.

  1. Go to SAYouth website
  2. Register an account by clicking on ‘Join the Network’
  3. Log in with your details
  4. A list of jobs available in your area will come up which will also include the opportunity cards for the schools that are closest to you. Only apply at schools that you have easy access to
  5. Click the ‘read more’ button which would enable you to see further details about the job
  6. If you are interested in the opportunity, click ‘apply now’
  7. Follow the prompts and provide the relevant information to complete your application
  8. You will then receive confirmation that your application has been successful

The department has introduced an alternative way:

  1. Go to https://sayouth.me/DBE
  2. Choose your province
  3. Fill in the required fields
  4. Search for the school closest to you or click the drop-down menu to select the school
  5. Check that all the information provided is correct
  6. Click ‘Submit’

Should you be shortlisted, you will be contacted through SMS or a phone call by the school.

If you’re given an interview, bring the following documents with you:

  • Certified copy of ID
  • Matric certificate or other NQF 4 or higher proof of qualification
  • CV
  • Testimonial letter


There are 2 different GSA roles:

  1. Sport and Enrichment Assistants (SEA)
    • The applicant does NOT require a Matric certificate. However, they should have an expressed or demonstrated passion for sports, arts, and culture.
  1. Handymen or women
    • The applicant does NOT require a Matric certificate. However, they should be in possession of any trade certificate that will serve as an added advantage;
    • Knowledge of any infrastructure maintenance jobs;
    • The applicant should have an interest in infrastructure related jobs


Role requirement

  • Youth at age 18 – 34 years (18 or above when applying, max 34)
  • Youth residing within 5 km from the school or within 30 km from a farm/rural school
  • One opportunity per household
  • Meet requirements per category and sub-category applied for
  • Youth, NOT in Education, NOT in Employment, NOT in Training (NEET)
  • Youth NOT studying distance, online, part-time, full-time
  • Youth NOT receiving government grants for self (e.g., NSFAS, Funza Lushaka, SASSA grants such as SRD 350) – receiving SASSA grant for someone else e.g., child grants collectors ARE ALLOWED to apply and those receiving disability grants ARE ALLOWED to apply;
  • Youth NOT receiving any other form of STIPEND, WAGE or SALARY
  • Youth NOT in a learnership
  • Youth not in another programme of the Department of Education (e.g. Learner Support Agents, Care and Support Agents, Food Handler, Bus Controllers, Screeners, etc.)
  • Youth WITHOUT criminal record/s (this must be proved by submitting a SAPS Police clearance report – see below)
  • Youth that did not participate in Phase I, II or III
  • Youth that was not unfairly advantaged above others due to their relations to staff members (SMT or SGB)
  • Youth living with disability must provide a medical certificate confirming the nature of their disability
  • Youth that have a valid South African Identity Book/Card or valid Passport
  • Youth that do not appear on the National Register for Sexual Offenders (NRSO)

By virtue of the application, applicants consent to the Department of Basic Education submitting their details for screening against Part B of the National Child Protection Register as per the Children’s Act 38 of 2005.


  1. Certified copy of identity document /passport
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. Testimonial (e.g., from former school, local chief, church leader, previous employer)
  4. Qualifications (where specified – e.g., Matric /Grade 12)

There will be additional vetting required at appointment stage.

You will also sign an ACCEPTANCE and DECLARATION FORM if you are successfully appointed at the school.

In the DECLARATION you will confirm for e.g., that you are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) & also not receiving any other form of salary/wages, confirm that you do not have a criminal record and was not appointed in Phase I, II or III and do NOT appear on the National Register for Sexual Offenders etc.


  1. You must live within 5km from this school (or within 30 km if this is a farm/rural school)
  2. Schools will invite young people for interviews. If you are not contacted by 01 December 2022, please consider your application unsuccessful. You may continue to look out for more opportunities on SA Youth!


The stipend amount will be R4 081.44 per month. 1% UIF contribution will be deducted from the stipend amount.


Varied – Between 5-8 months (approximately 1 February 2023 – 30 September 2023)

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