The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme that promotes teaching in public schools. The bursaries are provided so that eligible students may complete a teaching qualification in an area recognised as priority.
University can cost a lot of money, taking into consideration learning material, transport costs, accommodation and living expenses.
You may be wondering if the Funza Lushaka Bursary covers your accommodation costs and the answer is yes they do. In fact they cover all the above mentioned expenses.
The allocation of funds to any individual student is capped at a specific value. Where the Higher Education Institution charges more than the capped value the bursars will have to top up from their own funds. The cost structures at universities are different so the total value of the bursary will differ from institution to institution.
In order to qualify for this bursary, you have to meet the following requirements:
- You must fall under one of the following categories:
- 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
- unemployed people who want to become teachers
- The bursary is only awarded to South African citizens with a valid South African ID number.
- Allocation of Funza Lushaka bursaries to Higher Education Institution employees, their spouse and their dependents/children is not permissible.
- Bursary applicants must already have been accepted into a either BEd or PGCE qualification at an at an accredited public University.
- The applicant must also meet the national selection criteria for the Funza Lushaka bursary.
- The bursary will only be awarded if two of the priority area subjects are included as a specialisation in the teaching qualification.
- The applicant should demonstrate good academic ability.
- The applicant must show commitment to a teaching career, which includes: interest in working with young people; enthusiasm for a professional career in teaching; readiness to face and surmount difficult challenges and personal integrity.
- The applicant must be committed to teach at any school which they may be appointed to by a provincial education deparrment (PED).