About The Funza Lushaka Teaching Bursary:
Funza Lushaka Teaching Bursary is a multi-year programme that promotes teaching education in public schools. Awards are available to enable students to receive a full national education qualification. Recipients must teach in a public school for as many years as they receive a bursary. Qualified recipients of the course can apply for appropriate public school positions in their preferred regional education department (PED). The relevant PED will determine if there is a relevant entry. If not, the applicant will be offered a job at a PED with relevant vacancies.
The course is only offered to South African citizens. Applications will not be considered unless the applicant has a valid South African identification book. Applicants must already be admitted to a higher education institution or applicable curriculum at a recognized higher education institution. Applicants must also meet certain criteria for admission to the institution; և they must also provide Cr the National Criteria for the Funza Lushaka Teaching Selection.
Selection criteria include the following:
Applicant’s academic ability.
Approved degree or PGCE proficiency in two priority areas.
Commitment to a teaching career, which includes: interest in working with young people; enthusiasm in professional career training; Willingness to face difficult challenges և to face personal integrity և to overcome.
School An obligation to teach at a school for which a student can obtain a PED.
Even if it is equal, the choice must be made between candidates in rural areas, candidates who want to teach in rural areas, and candidates whose financial situation would otherwise enable them to qualify for tuition. The award is only awarded if two major subjects are included in your qualification as an teaching subject.
Please note that those who already have other teaching qualifications are not eligible for this program.
What does the Funza Lushaka Bursary cover?
Funza Lushaka bursary cover all the basic expenses of the recipient. The expenses include tuition, full accommodation, including food, books, study materials and a small monthly living allowance. The award of an individual student is limited by a certain value. If the university is higher than the set value, the scholarships must be filled from own funds. Universities have different cost structures, so the total cost of the bursary varies from institution to institution.
Conditions for reapeting a year are as follows:
The bursary period can be extended to include an additional year required to complete a diploma program, or one additional course to complete the PGCE program. Only one such extension will be provided. Funding for one year of additional training (ie 5th year) is not automatic but will be discussed on a case by case basis. In cases where support is provided for an additional year, the student service obligation is extended by one year. Additional extra time required at the expense of the recipient. The course is resumed immediately for one academic year. If successful, the scholarship may be renewed annually until the recipient qualifies as a teacher.
How to apply:
You must apply for a teaching qualification (B Ed or PGCE) or a bachelor’s degree (for example BSc, B Tech, BA) to take at least one major subject in a priority field at your university. Upon admission to the university, you must apply for a bursary via this website.
The course is awarded for one academic year at a time; as proof of academic success, the bureau may be renewed annually until the recipient qualifies as a teacher. The course holder is expected to apply again at the end of October next year. Recipients must teach one year for each year for which they receive the course.
First time application students Click here
Re-application students Click here
First time application students: 11 January 2021
Re-application students: 23 November 2020
For more information visit http://www.funzalushaka.doe.gov.za/