How Does Funza Lushaka Work?

Is a lack of funding holding you back from pursuing your teaching qualification? Well then the Funza Lushaka Bursary programme is for you. Find out how their funding works below. 

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The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme which promotes teaching as a profession. The bursaries are provided to students who may complete a teaching qualification in an area recognised as priority. 

In order to qualify for the bursary you need to be studying or wish to study a Bachelor of Education (BEd) or a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) at a public university. 

The Funza Lushaka Bursary takes care of all the university costs so that you can pursue your studies without any financial burden. 

They cover the following: 

  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation including meals
  • Books and learning materials
  • A possible small allowance for monthly living expenses

In order to qualify for the Funza Lushaka Bursary you must meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • learners, currently in Grade 12;
  • graduates who want to complete a teaching qualification (enroll for a PGCE);
  • people who want to make a career change and become teachers; and
  • unemployed people who want to become teachers.

Applicants must have first gained admission at a recognized higher education institution for the appropriate study programme.

When deciding who should be selected for the bursary, the department looks at which subjects are being studied. The bursary will only be awarded if two of the priority area subjects are included as a specialisation in the teaching qualification. 

Read more on the priority subject areas, here.

Those students doing online, distance and part-time studies also qualify for the Funza Lushaka Bursary, granted they meet all the other eligibility criteria. 

The bursary is awarded for one academic year at a time, and upon proof of academic success, the bursary may consider continuing each year until the beneficiary of the bursary has qualified as a teacher. 

However, the student is required to apply for the renewal of the bursary every year. 

The recipients of the bursary will be required to teach at a public school for the same number of years that they received the bursary.

Students will only be required to repay their bursary if they meet the following criteria: 

  • if the recipient fails to qualify
  • registers for a course of study that is not in a designated priority area
  • fails to apply for a teaching post with a Provincial Education Department at a public school, following the stipulated processes
  • fails to take up a teaching post with a Provincial Education Department at a public school
  • leaves a teaching post with a Provincial Education Department before the end of the contracted service period
  • fails to meet a requirement of the bursary agreement

You will then to repay the full amount of the bursary received in terms of the programme, with accrued interest. 

Preference will be given to those who live in rural areas and those who intend on teaching in rural areas after they have completed their studies. 

A student can only be funded by Funza Lushaka and they are obliged to forfeit any other bursaries. 

Alternatively if the terms and conditions of the other bursary allow, the student could keep that bursary, provided the conditions for placement on completion of studies as per Funza Lushaka bursary takes priority.

View the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme website for more information.

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