The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme aims to promote teaching as a profession. Bursaries are available to enable eligible students to complete a teaching qualification in an area of national priority. Recipients of these bursaries will be required to teach at a public school for the same number of years that they received the bursary.
All aspiring students must go through the Funza Lushaka online application, which they must do every year. It is also required that they fill in the placement information annually. The responsibility of placing a bursar on a suitable post rests on the provincial education department which should find a suitable post for the candidate. If no suitable place is available, the same department will place the candidate on an unsuitable post. It is important to note that the bursar cannot choose a preferred location, and cannot be transferred once posted.
FUNZA LUSHAKA BURSARY – WHAT DOES IT COVER?
The bursary includes the following expenses:
- Tuition fees
- Textbooks/Study materials
- Monthly Personal care allowance (for basic living expenses).
Bursaries will be awarded for the following qualifications: Bachelor of Education (BEd) / Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
- Foundation Phase Teaching (Grades R-3): with preference for African Languages
- Intermediate and Senior Phase Teaching (Grades 4-9): majoring in any of the following 2 subjects: Mathematics/ Languages/ Technology/ Natural Science
- FET Phase Teaching (Grades 10-12): majoring in any of the following 2 subjects: Accounting/ Economics/ Mathematics/ Technical Mathematics/ Agricultural Sciences/ Physical Sciences/ Life Sciences/ Technical Science/ Geography/ Languages/ Agricultural Technology/ Civil Technology/ Information Technology/ Computer Applications Technology/ Electrical Technology/ Mechanical Technology/ Engineering Graphics and Design
Applicants should meet the following minimum requirements before applying (please note that failure to meet each of these requirements will probably result in an application not being considered):
- A South African Citizen
- Be accepted into a suitable qualification, at one of the recognised tertiary institutions
- Ability to show adequate academic capacity.
- Keen to teach at a college appointed to them by the Provincial Education Department.
- Interest in working with young people.
- No Criminal Records.
- Personal integrity.
Preference will be awarded to applicants in rural regions and applicants that plan to teach in rural regions.
First time university entrants:
- Matric exemption/ endorsement/ bachelor degree admission
- Achieved a minimum of 60%/ level 4 (Standard Grade) OR 50% (Higher Grade) in Matric for subject you intend on specialising to teach
- If intending on specialising in Foundation Phase – must have passed Matric Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy AND a minimum of 60%/ level 4 (Standard Grade) OR 50% (Higher Grade) for your Home Language
- If intending on specialising in Technology subjects (including CAT) – must have passed Matric Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
- If completed Matric before 2008 when Mathematics was not a compulsory subject – must have achieved a minimum average of 50%
Students currently at university:
- Passed all subjects in last year of tertiary study
- Achieved a minimum average of 55% for all subjects studied in last year of tertiary study
- Achieved a minimum average of 55% for subjects related to the teaching area of specialisation in last year of tertiary study
New students enrolling for PGCE:
- Completed a qualification that allows admission into PGCE
- For PGCE Foundation Phase Teaching – must have majored in an African Language and Psychology
- For PGCE Intermediate Phase, Senior Phase, Further Education and Training Teaching – must have majored in chosen area of specialisation from the B. degree
- Have a minimum of 2 selected priority subjects at 2nd year of study
- Have enough subjects in the selected priority subjects to qualify to teach at school
- Achieved a minimum average of 50% across all subjects
- Passed a minimum of two-thirds of subjects studied in the most recent year of university study
- Passed a minimum of two-thirds of priority subjects in the most recent year of Higher Education study
- If doing 1 priority subject – must have passed the subject
- Progressing to the next year of study
Note: If the university requirements are higher than the Funza Lushaka Bursary requirements, the higher requirement will apply.
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE BURSARY
Please follow these steps to apply:
1) Visit the e-Government Portal website here.
2) Register your online profile by providing your personal details.
3) Login using your new username and password.
4) Go to the “e-Services Menu” and Select the “Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme”.
5) Click on the Application menu, follow the steps and complete all the required fields with accurate information.
6) Accept the confirmation declaration and receive feedback on the status of the application through email.
7) Print the completed online application and submit to the university where you are accepted and registered.
8) Accompany the application form with certified copies of your ID and your academic records:
- Certified copy of Grade 12 result or certificate, for 1st year students coming out of Grade 12
- Certified copy of latest academic transcript, for students already at university
Note: Accompanying documents must be submitted to the applicant’s university coordinator, otherwise, application will be rejected.
Submit clear copies of the following documents on your online application profile (the submission of these documents is compulsory- but ignore the ones that might not be relevant at the moment):
- ID document (certified copy)
- Latest Matric results, if currently in Matric (certified copy)
- Matric certificate, if completed Matric (certified copy)
- Academic transcript, if currently at university (certified copy)
- Proof of acceptance/ registration at university
THE CLOSING DATE
January 11, 2020 (for New Applications)
November 16, 2019 (for Re-Applications)
CONTACT FUNZA LUSHAKA BURSARY
Please use the details below:
Address: 222 Struben St, Pretoria 0001
Tel: 012 357 3000