Funza Lushaka is a government-funded bursary scheme aimed at promoting teaching in public schools.Full-cost bursaries are available to enable eligible students to complete a full 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 receive the bursary.
Students planning to complete a teaching qualification (in a subject area identified as a national priority by the Department of Basic Education) can apply for full-cost bursaries – which cover the cost of tuition, books as well as living expenses.
How to Qualify
Recipients of these bursaries have to be South African citizens and will be required to teach at a public school for the same number of years that they receive the bursary. While recipients may request to be placed at a school in a particular province, they cannot choose the school.
Applicants for the bursary must already have been accepted into an appropriate study programme at a recognized higher education institution. Applicants also need to meet certain admission criteria of the institution and they must also meet the national selection criteria for the Funza Lushaka bursary.
Selection criteria include the following:
- The applicant’s academic ability;
- Eligibility for an approved degree or PGCE in one of the priority areas;
- 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;
- Commitment to teach in any school to which a student may be appointed by a PED.
Note that you need a student number to apply for a bursary and you can apply for a Funza Lushaka bursary through your university.
- See the Funza Lushaka website for more information.
- Considering social work as a career? Apply for a full-service bursary from the Department of Social Development.