The Covid-19 pandemic has again reminded us of the important role that teachers play in South African societies. It has again proved that teachers are not merely educators, but warriors that are able to overcome various educational and psychosocial onslaughts on a daily basis. The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a lucrative multi-year bursary for heroes who are brave enough to dream of becoming teachers. This merit bursary is available to deserving students who passed their matric with a bachelor pass to complete a teaching qualification in identified phase and priority subject areas in any of the 24 public universities. Recipients of these bursaries will be required to teach at a public school for the same number of years that they received the bursary.
Online applications will open from 1 October 2020 at www.funzalushaka.doe.gov.za. In addition, Provincial, District and Community-based teacher recruitment offices are located across all provinces and districts to access the online application platform. Regrettably hard copy application forms will not be accepted.
Any academically exceptional student who is 30 years and below of age can apply under certain listed conditions. However, prospective applicants must first gain admission at a Higher Education Institution. Applicants are encouraged to approach the Faculty/School of Education at any public Higher Education Institution for further information.
Bursaries are available to unqualified, initial teacher education students registered for a Bachelor of Education (BEd) in Foundation Phase, Intermediate Phase or Senior Phase and FET teaching or a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Senior Phase and FET teaching. First-year students are also eligible for the bursary. The bursary covers tuition fees, accommodation, meals, books and learning materials; and a small allowance for monthly living expenses where possible. Bursars will be placed by Provincial Education Departments (PEDs) in substantive posts and are not allowed to take up positions in private institutions.