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education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Citizen reports that Department of Basic Education (DBE) Minister Angie Motshekga has revealed that as at 31 December 2021 the sector had lost 3,300 teachers in the public service to Covid-19.

According to Motshekga, this represented almost 1% of the sector’s workforce. This was reported during the DBE adjusted budget vote speech for the 2022/23 financial year on Thursday, where Motshekga outlined the impact Covid-19 has had on the sector. “One of the traumas suffered by children has been to lose their parents, care-givers, and teachers to Covid-19. The DBE’s ongoing monitoring through the PERSAL’s data, shows that as on 31 December 2021, around 3,300 teachers in just the public service, had succumbed to Covid-19 since 2020. This almost represents one per cent of our workforce. We continue to pay tribute to the educators, as well as our education executive and management leaders, who lost their lives to Covid-19,” Motshekga stated. The sector created 596,000 job opportunities for young people through the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative, with a total budget allocation of R13 billion, since 1 December 2020. “This contributed significantly to the government’s role of alleviating poverty, redressing the past imbalances, protecting livelihoods, especially among the most vulnerable people, especially among the youth, women and the people with disabilities,” Motshekga indicated.

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