Funza Lushaka bursary scheme, finance for teachers
Teachers are an important facet of any society and their role is both significant and valuable. They are responsible for imparting knowledge upon young people during those critical formative years of development. In South Africa, research statistics have shown that the country is in dire need of qualified teachers. It is for this reason that Government through the department of education launched the Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme.
This bursary scheme has been designed to provide support to public schools by enabling eligible students to complete a full teaching qualification in an area of national priority.These trained teachers are then under obligation to teach at a public school after graduation for the same number of years that they receive the bursary.
Funza Lushaka bursary covers most of the students expenses such as tuition, full accommodation including meals, books and learning materials as well as a small allowance for monthly living expenses.
It is important to note that this bursary exclusively caters for those without any tertiary qualification and selection highly favours candidates who wish to teach in rural areas. The bursary will only be awarded if two of the priority area specialization subjects are included as a teaching subject in your qualification.
To apply for this bursary , you must first apply for admission to a teaching qualification (B Ed or PGCE) or a Bachelor’s degree (e.g. BSc, B Tech, BA) with at least one major course in a priority area at a university of your choice. Once you have gained admission at a university, you are then eligible to apply for the bursary.
The bursary is awarded for one academic year at a time and, on proof of academic success, the bursary may be renewed each year until the recipient of the bursary has qualified as a teacher. The bursary holder will be required to re-apply by the end of October for the following year. Recipients of bursaries will be required to teach one year for every year for which they receive a bursary.
The bursary must be repaid only if the recipient fails to qualify, fails to apply for a teaching post with a public school, fails to take up a teaching post at a public school, leaves a teaching post before the end of the contracted service period, or otherwise fails to meet a requirement of the bursary agreement.
The Department of Basic Education can be contacted regarding this bursary.