PYEI BEEI Phase (IV) 4 Begins
The fourth phase of the Basic Education Employment Initiative has officially begun in the education sector.
On February 1, 2023, the Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI), the fourth phase of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI), will officially commence.
Phase IV will kick off at the start of the 2023–2024 school year, allowing young people to enroll in classes at a time when they are most required. This follows the accomplished rollout of Stages I through III, which resulted in the creation of over 850 thousand youth employment opportunities.
Within the nine provinces, Phase IV aims to create 255,000 new employment possibilities for young people.
The total of 255 000 can be broken down into two groups of young people, ages 15–24: +/- 150 000 and 105 000. Both the first and second cohorts will begin on 1 February 2023 and 1 May 2023, respectively; however, the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape will only appoint a single cohort each, beginning on 1 March 2023 and 1 February 2023.
The PYEI-BEEI takes advantage of the fact that every community in South Africa has access to a public school, allowing the government to hire the most marginalized young people who would otherwise have to leave their neighborhoods. Therefore, inclusivity should be considered a foundational principle of the program.
Similarly, schools have been urged to welcome and include students with disabilities and to increase their enrollment of women and girls. Schools have also been directed to focus on the needs of the local youth population. In this way, the young people can save money that would otherwise be spent on transportation to get them to and from the schools where they will be working.
Phase IV of the PYEI is still committed to teaching young people the hard and soft skills they’ll need to succeed in the working world.
The aforementioned are just a few possible instances.
Phase IV’s main goal is to help teachers help students enhance their learning outcomes. To that end, most of the young people will be working as Curriculum Assistants alongside teachers. Teachers are responsible for both instruction and evaluation, hence curriculum aides have no place in the classroom. The goal of the Reading Champions is to help students read with comprehension.
The emphasis here will be on the Initial Educator Orientation (or FIFO) Phase, which is designed to lay the groundwork for further learning. E-Cadres will be essential for facilitating the use of ICT in the classroom. Schools have employed e-cadres for administrative support in previous iterations as well.