Teaching is a noble profession as you actively took the decision to dedicate your life to shaping the future generation. In South Africa, the first step in this journey is to study teaching at university which could be fully funded through the Funza Lushaka bursary scheme.
In order to practice as a qualified teacher in South Africa, an individual must obtain a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree or a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). The cost of these courses can be expensive.
The Funza Lushaka Bursary scheme exclusively awards bursaries to young people who have applied to complete or are actively completing a teaching degree or a PGCE.
When Will Funza Lushaka 2023 Bursary Applications Open?
The Funza Lushaka 2023 Bursary Applications will open on 1 October 2022.
Its important to note that the Funza Lushaka bursary is only awarded to South African citizens with a valid South African ID number. The bursary is awarded for one academic year at a time and is not automatically re-awarded. A re-award will depend on academic performance of the previous year’s results.
Recipients of the Funza Lushaka are not required to pay the money bank to the scheme. However, they must be committed to teach in any school to which a student may be placed by a provincial education department.
Who Can Apply For The Funza Lushaka Bursary?
- Any academically exceptional student who is 30 years old or younger can apply for the bursary
- Studying towards a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree or a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) at a public university.
- Have at least a level 4 pass at matric level in the subject which leads on to the priority area/subject in which the applicant will specialise to teach.
- For participants wanting Foundation Phase specialisation, a pass in Mathematics or a level 4 pass in Mathematical Literacy the Grade 12 level is required. In addition, a level 4 pass in the Home Language is required.
- Students who wish to specialise in the teaching of Technology subjects, including CAT, and who do not have these subjects at matric level, must have at least a level 4 pass in Mathematics.
- Academic record with two (2) Technical Subjects/modules studied up to second-year level showing a full completion of the qualification.