Are you interested in educating South Africa’s next generation, have enthusiasm for a professional career in teaching and are ready to face challenges with integrity? If you answered yes to these questions, then you should consider a career in teaching.
While there are many aspiring teachers in South Africa, the cost of tertiary education often prevents them from pursuing their dream careers. Aspiring teachers should consider applying for the Funza Lushaka Bursary.
The Funza Lushaka bursary was introduced by South Africa’s education department to promote teaching as a profession to young people and increase the number of qualified teachers in the country.
Recipients of the bursary receive comprehensive funding that seeks to cover all the costs of their studies while they study to become qualified teachers in South Africa.
When 2024 Funza Lushaka Bursary Applications Will Open?
Prospective bursary recipients can begin submitting their 2024 Funza Lushaka Bursary applications on 1 October 2023. Applicants have just three months to submit their bursary application as the application period is set to close on 12 January 2023.
Applications for the Funza Lushaka bursary can be submitted on the Funza Lushaka Website or at www.eservices.gov.za. No hard-copy applications will be considered.
How To Register And Apply For The Funza Lushaka Bursary
Step 1: Open the e-Gov portal: Go to the website www.eservices.gov.za.
Step 2: Register by providing personal information: If you're a new user, you'll need to create an account by providing your personal information such as your name, contact details, and other relevant information.
Step 3: Log in to the system: Once you've registered, you can log in to the portal using the username and password you created during the registration process.
Step 4: Select Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme: After logging in, navigate to the e-Services Menu then choose the option for the Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme.
Step 5: Enter the OTP received: An OTP (One-Time Password) will be sent to you, typically through your preferred communication channel. Enter this OTP on the portal to verify your identity.
Step 6: Accept the Terms and Conditions
Step 7: Click on the 2024 application button
Step 8: Complete the required fields with all the required information.
Step 9: Accept the declaration:
Funza Lushaka Bursary Requirements
The Funza Lushaka bursary is only awarded to South African citizens with a valid South African ID number. They must be enrolled in a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree or a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). These are the two qualifications required to be a qualified teacher in South Africa.
The applicant must be accepted into an approved B.Ed. degree or PGCE programme to specialise in two or more of the priority subject areas.
Applicants may not be older than 30 years old when applying for the Funza Lushaka Bursary and must demonstrate good academic ability.
It's important to note that the Funza Lushaka bursary may not be awarded to Higher Education Institution employees, their spouse and their dependents/children.
What The Funza Lushaka Bursary Covers
Recipients of the Funza Lushaka Bursary will cover tuition fees, accommodation including meals, books and learning materials. Students may also receive a living allowance if possible.
Do You Have To Repay The Funza Lushaka Bursary?
Recipients of the Funza Lushaka bursary are not required to pay back the money they received as part of their funding. However, they will be required to teach one year in a public school for every year they have received the bursary.
Recipients of these bursaries will be required to teach at a public school for the same number of years that they received the bursary. No repayment of the bursary is therefore required.
The bursary recipient must be committed to teaching in any school where they may be placed by a Provincial Education Department (PED).