The DBE, in partnership with the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME), commissioned an evaluation of the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme. The purpose of this evaluation was to assess the Programme’s effectiveness against its intended outcomes, the extent to which the Programme has been efficient in its implementation, as well as its long-term sustainability. The evaluation was conducted by JET Education Services between May 2014 and March 2016.
The findings of the evaluation indicated that the Programme, which is considered a Government success story, was performing well. The overall recommendation was that the DBE should retain the Programme as it is an effective policy instrument to address supply requirements of qualified teachers in areas of scarce skills and should be sustained by Government, along with the improvements recommended in the report.
The introduction of the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme has resulted in turning the shortages of applicants for teaching in 2006 and 2007 around, and teacher supply numbers are no longer critical. Teacher supply in terms of matching needs in subjects such as Mathematics, Science and Technology, Languages, as well as the GET band continue to be key challenges. The teaching component needs to strengthen classroom-based teacher effectiveness for improved learning and teaching.