Funza Lushaka - The Bursary For Teachers

The Funza Lushaka Bursary was established by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) in collaboration with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). Its primary objective is to provide financial support to students pursuing teaching qualifications, ensuring that the country produces qualified teachers in areas of high demand.

The bursary is designed to address the imbalance and shortages in specific teaching specializations. As a result, it emphasizes subjects like mathematics, science, and languages, reflecting the areas in which there's a dire need for skilled teachers.


The Funza Lushaka Bursary is a comprehensive funding scheme that covers a significant portion of the student's academic expenses. This includes tuition fees, accommodation costs, books, meals, and, in some cases, a small allowance for monthly living expenses.

By providing such extensive coverage, the bursary ensures that recipients can focus on their studies without undue financial strain.

Eligibility and Requirements

To be eligible for the Funza Lushaka Bursary, applicants must:

  1. Be South African citizens

  2. Gain admission or be enrolled at an accredited public higher education institution in South Africa

  3. Commit to teaching in a public school for the same number of years they received the bursary

  4. Pursue a teaching qualification, especially in identified priority areas

Furthermore, preference is given to students who represent the demographic profile of South Africa, emphasizing the representation of those previously disadvantaged.

Post-graduation Commitment

One unique feature of the Funza Lushaka Bursary is its post-graduation work obligation. Recipients are required to teach in public schools for the same number of years they have been funded. For instance, if a student benefits from the bursary for four years while studying, they are expected to serve four years in a public school after qualifying.

This commitment not only ensures a return on investment for the state but also guarantees a steady supply of passionate and well-trained teachers in public schools, particularly in areas where they are most needed.

Application Process

The application for the Funza Lushaka Bursary is typically made online through the dedicated Funza Lushaka portal. Applicants need to provide various documents, including academic records, proof of admission or registration at a tertiary institution, and other pertinent identification documents.

Once an application is submitted, it undergoes a rigorous selection process, which evaluates not only academic performance but also the applicant's commitment to teaching and their choice of specialization.

Challenges and Criticisms

While the Funza Lushaka Bursary has undoubtedly provided many students with the means to pursue their teaching dreams, the program isn't without its challenges. Some critics point to the rigid post-graduation work obligation, which they believe can deter potential applicants.

There are also concerns about the placement process, with some graduates feeling that they are not always placed in schools or areas of their preference.

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