The Funza Lushaka Bursary: Become a Teacher in Republic of South Africa
Posted On May 3, 2017
The Funza Lushaka Bursary was created in order to encourage students to embrace a teaching career. The bursary is a national program, implemented by the South African Department of Basic Education and administered by each Higher Education Institution, through their Financial Aid bureau.
The bursary is offered to students at two levels of study: undergraduate (Bachelor of Education) and postgraduate (Postgraduate Certificate in Education). Who can apply for the bursary? Students currently in 12 th grade, graduates who wish to start a postgraduate program in education, professionals who want to pursue a different career, in teaching or adults who are currently unemployed and are interested in becoming teachers. The bursary is dedicated to South African citizens. Students involved in part-time or distance programs are eligible for the bursary, if they meet all the other requirements.
On the other hand, students who already have a teaching qualification are not eligible for the bursary. Candidates with a criminal record or charged of misconduct will not be considered suitable for the bursary.
The applicants must be already accepted at an undergraduate or postgraduate study program which includes two priority subjects. Priority subjects are established for each educational stage. For instance, priority subjects for grades four to nine are Languages, Natural Sciences and Technology and Mathematics.
Funza Lushaka bursary may provide for the tuition fees, accommodation and meals, study materials and, possibly, a modest sum for other expenses. The bursary does not guarantee the full cover of all students’ expenses, and the value of the bursary can differ from university to university. Once obtained, the bursary can be renewed if the students maintain certain standards of academic performance. After graduation, recipients of the Funza Lushaka bursary will be allocated to a public school where they will have to teach for at least the number of years that they have received the bursary.
Applications for the 2018 academic year starts on 1 October 2017. The application process is online, and students and other interested candidates can find out more information directly from the higher education institutions and their Financial Aid offices and also from the bursary website.