Who can apply for teacher’s assistant jobs in Phase Six?

The following people will be eligible to be appointed to these jobs:

  • You must be between the ages of 18 and 35 years old.
  • You must be a South African resident with a valid RSA ID book or card or valid passport, or you must have a valid work permit;
  • You must live no further than 5km from the school where you will be employed, unless you’ll be working at a farm school, when this will be extended to 30km.
  • Only one person from any household can apply. 
  • You meet the requirements per category and subcategory of the position you’re applying for.
  • You’ve attended all the training days and carried out all the work assigned to you. 
  • You are not currently employed.
  • You’re not studying either part-time or full-time, or are participating in a learnership.
  • You’re not currently receiving any government grants. 
  • You’re not currently receiving any salary, wage or stipend.
  • You don’t have a criminal record.
  • You weren’t unfairly advantaged by knowing any staff members at the school.
  • You’ve attended and successfully completed all the compulsory training for the position and received the relevant certificates

How do I apply for a teacher’s assistant position?


What does a teacher’s assistant do?

As a teacher’s assistant, or TA, you’ll perform a range of functions and responsibilities depending on your level of experience, your TA status, and the school where you’re employed. In essence, your job boils down to giving essential support to the teachers in a school you’re assigned to.

What will my responsibilities as a teacher’s assistant be?

As stated above, these will vary according to the level of your post, and what the teacher you’re assisting wants you to do on a day-to-day basis,  But in general a teacher’s assistant’s job usually comprises the following responsibilities:

  • Overseeing and helping with the teaching activities in the classroom.
  • Helping the teacher with lesson planning and admin duties. 
  • Creating displays and getting the classroom and resources ready for lessons.
  • Supporting the teacher in managing difficult pupil behaviour and fostering positive behaviour and attitudes.
  • Making sure that the pupils understand, get involved in and focus on the work in class. 
  • Giving the pupils emotional support and encouragement, and guiding and monitoring their progress.
  • Reporting any current or developing problems learners may be experiencing so these can be addressed in good time.
  • Engaging with and listening to pupils who need help or are upset, sad or worried.
  • Overseeing pupils’ reading activities, reading to them and telling them stories.
  • Helping outside the classroom with after-school activities and clubs, school functions, school trips or other school-related activities.
  • Helping with revision and exams.

Applicants who don’t have internet access can call 0800 727272, which is a toll-free number.

The Department of Basic Education is committed to providing equal opportunities and practicing
affirmative action employment. It is our intention to promote equity through the filling of all numeric
targets as contained in the Employment Equity Plan. To facilitate this process successfully, an indication
of race, gender and disability status is required. Preference will be given to underrepresented groups as
per the DBE Employment Equity Targets. Women and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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