There is no doubt that a solid education is the answer to many of our country’s problems, and as such, the government runs this scheme in order to make it easier for interested individuals to become teachers to help shape our youth
The bursary is valid for one year at a time, successful bursary holders must re-apply each year if they wish to cover the entire duration of their studies.
Fields of Study
Bursaries are awarded to full-time, part-time and distance education students who have been accepted to higher education institutions for the following degree types:
Bachelor of Education (BEd)
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) and Bachelor of Technology (BTech), Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) with majors suitable for admission to a PGCE programme upon graduation; at least one of the major subjects must be selected from the priority area subjects listed below.
Priority Area Subjects
Foundation Phase (Gr R-3, ages 5-9):
Foundation phase specialisation
Intermediate Phase (Gr 4-6; ages 10-12):
Senior Phase (Gr 7-9; ages 13-15):
FET Phase (Gr 10-12; ages 16-18):
Computer Applications Technology
Engineering Graphics and Design
REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATION
Applicants for the Funza Lushaka Bursary must meet the following basic requirements in order to be considered:
Must be a South African citizen with a valid ID
Must have already been accepted to an appropriate field of study at a recognised higher education institution
Must be committed to and enthusiastic about a professional teaching career with interests that include working with young people, readiness to face and overcome challenges
Must have personal integrity
For individuals applying for the first time for university:
Completion of matric with an exemption, endorsement or admission to a Bachelor Degree study
Level 4 pass / 60% (SG) or 50% (HG) for a matric subject which leads to the priority area
For those who wish to specialise in the foundation level:
A passing grade in Mathematics/Mathematic Literacy (if the individual matriculated before 2008 when Maths was not compulsory, an overall good performance—average of 50%—may still be considered)
Level 4 pass / 60% (SG) or 50% (HG) in home language
For those who wish to specialise in technology subjects but did not take those subjects at a matric level, a pass in Maths or Math Literacy is needed
For individuals who are already at university or enrolling for PGCE:
A passing grade for all modules studies in the last year of study at university
Minimum of 55% average across all modules studied in the last year
For existing bursars who are reapplying:
Must have passed 2/3 of the modules/priority area modules studied in the past year
Must have a minimum of 50% across all modules and progressing to the next level/year of study
1. Undergraduate (1)
This bursary option encompasses a four-year Bachelor of Education degree, specialising in all five phases.
2. Undergraduate (2)
This particular bursary option is open to those who wish to study any three or four-year long Bachelors degree which includes a field that will allow the student to progress to the one-year PGCE.
This bursary option is available to individuals who have qualified for the PGCE, i.e. those who have graduated from their degrees that include majors in priority areas.
Each of the three qualifications mentioned above must include subjects in at least one priority area for which the individual plans to specialise in as a teacher. Students will also have to specialise in a particular phase for the Bed and PGCE qualifications.
FUNZA LUSHAKA BURSARY PACKAGE
SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING COVERED THROUGH THE FUNZA LUSHAKA BURSARY:
Accommodation costs (for either residence or approved accommodation)
Small monthly allowance for living expenses
In exceptional circumstances, travelling costs may be included if the cost of travelling hiders the student from accepting the bursary
The university to which the individual has applied for the bursary will notify them of the outcome of their Funza Lushaka online applications; a letter will also be sent from the Department of Basic Education.
Funza Lushaka will use email or SMS as a means of communication with bursars, so they are expected to have a valid and working email address as well as a cell phone.
What Happens After the Qualification
After the bursar has successfully completed all studies and holds the qualification of a certified teacher, he or she will be contractually obligated to teach in a provincial teaching post for every year that they received a bursary. Individuals will be allowed to choose the province; if, however, there is no post available in the selected province at the time, the bursar will have to accept an offer in a different province.
This contractual obligation may not be deferred, i.e. the bursar must start teaching immediately after qualification; no gap year may be taken.
Individuals who have any further question or concerns can get the Funza Lushaka contact details directly from the university to which they have applied. If any issues can not be resolved by the designated administrative coordinators, only then should the Department of Basic Education be contacted.
How to Apply For the Funza Lushaka Bursary?
Individuals can only apply for the bursary once they have been accepted to the university of their choice and have been allocated a valid student number – the student number is needed in order to complete the Funza Lushaka application form online. More information on their bursary program can be found on theFunza Lushaka Website.
FUNZA LUSHAKA BURSARY CLOSING DATE?
Applications must be submitted for the Funza Lushaka bursary from 1st October before the closing date of 13th January.
Re-applications must also be submitted online (HERE) before the closing date of 20th December.
Application closing dates will be published online HERE if there are any changes.