Application For Funza Lushaka Bursary 2023
Information about the Funza Lushaka Teaching Bursary
Applicants must read the following before making an application for a Funza Lushaka bursary for 2023
1. Should you have a criminal record, charged of misconduct or dismissed from work, kindly note that you are not eligible to apply for this bursary.
2. Allocation of Funza Lushaka bursaries to Higher Education Institution employees, their spouse and their dependents/children is not permissible.
3. Non-disclosure of the information required as stated in 2 above will be treated as fraud.
4. Applicants should be 30 years and below to qualify for the Funza Lushaka Bursary.
5. This online application is a MUST. No hard copies are accepted by the programme.
6. Please note that those who already have other teaching qualifications do not qualify for this programme.
The student must have:
- The student must have passed all of the modules studied in the year prior to the bursary application at the Higher Education Institution.
- At least a 55% average across all the modules studied in the applicant’s last year of study at a Higher Education Institution.
- The student must have at least 66. 6% average in modules studied or taken as majors in the applicant’s last year of study at university which relate directly to the priority subject area of teaching specialisation.
- These are minimum criteria. The Funza Lushaka bursary is a prestigious bursary that must be awarded firstly on the basis of academic ability.
- The criteria applied at particular institutions may be higher than those suggested here, but cannot be lower.
For new applicants enrolling for PGCE
- The student must have successfully completed a recognized qualification that qualifies him/her to be admitted for a PGCE.
- Only the PGCE for Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching (SPFET) (Grade 7-12) will be funded through the Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme.
- To be considered for the PGCE in Senior Phase and Further Education and Training teaching the student must have two priority subjects where one module/course was successfully completed or studied at third year level while the second priority subject was successfully completed or studied at second year level.
- The student must have sufficient modules in the identified priority subjects to qualify to teach it as a subject at school.
Applicants must note that these are minimum criteria.
- Meeting these criteria does not mean automatic acceptance for the bursary.
- There are a limited number of bursaries available, and the best students will be selected for the bursary.
- The bursary is awarded for one academic year at a time.
- It is not automatically reawarded.
- A re-award will depend on academic performance of the previous year’s results.
- There is no automatic promise of financial support for a fifth (5th) year of study i.e. beyond the 4th year of study.
- On evidence of good academic performance, and pending the availability of funds, the bursary may be re-awarded.
- Recipients of bursaries will be required to teach one year for every year for which they have received the bursary.
What the bursary covers:
- Funza Lushaka bursaries cover most of the recipient’s essential expenses.
- Expenses covered include tuition fees, accommodation including meals, books and learning materials, teaching practice and if possible a small allowance for monthly living expenses.
- The allocation to any individual student is capped at a specific value.
- Where the university charges more than the capped value the bursars will have to top up from their own funds.
- Universities have different cost structures, so the total value of a bursary differs from institution to institution.
Programmes to be funded
- Two types of qualifications can be funded as shown below.
- The qualification must include subjects which will allow the student to specialise as a teacher in at least two priority subject areas (see next section below).
4-year Bachelor of Education degree (BEd), specialising in one of the following
Foundation Phase (Grade R – 3), Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 – 6) and Senior and Further Education and Training Teaching (Grade 7-12).
One-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) for graduates whose degrees reflect two priority subjects where one module/course was successfully completed or studied at third year level while the second priority subject was successfully completed or
studied at second year level.
N.B. Only the PGCE for Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching (SPFET) (Grade 7-12) will be funded through the Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme. No student will be funded for PGCE if he or she is studying towards a PGCE while completing a
module or course for Non-Degree Purposes (NDP) simultaneously.
Selection criteria Selection criteria include the following:
The bursary is only awarded to South African citizens with a valid South African ID number;