Posted on July 20, 2022 by Jobcare

Funza Lushaka Bursary

The Department of Basic Education deals with schools throughout South Africa, from Grade R to 12 and adult literacy programmes. The DBE was formerly part of the National Department of Education before it split into two: the DBE (Department of Basic Education) and DHE (Department of Higher Education)

The departments goal is to create a sustainable South African education system for the 21st century – one where all learners have access to learning, training and education. Their vision is that the education system will improve the quality of life for all South Africans and create a peaceful, prosperous and democratic country.
 

ABOUT THE FUNZA LUSHAKA BURSARY PROGRAMME – FIELDS COVERED

The Department of Education in South Africa, are inviting students to apply for the prestigious Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme, for the 2023 academic year.

Each year, students who are studying to become teachers, are invited to apply for the bursary. The Funza Lushaka Bursary will fund 2 types of qualifications (which must include subjects that will allow the student to specialise as a teacher in a minimum of 2 priority subject areas):

Undergraduate studies: a 4-year Bachelor of Education degree (BEd), which specialises in any of the following: Foundation Phase (Grade R to Grade 3), Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 to Grade 6) or Senior and Further Education and Training Teaching (Grade 7 to Grade 12).

Graduate studies: a 1-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) for graduates pursuing degrees with two priority subjects (1 module or course must have been completed or studied at 3rd year level, 1 priority subject must have been completed or studied at 2nd year level)
Only the PGCE for Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching (SPFET) (Grade 7 to Grade 12) will be funded.

MORE ABOUT THE FUNZA LUSHAKA BURSARY PROGRAMME – COVERAGE VALUE, RENEWAL & SERVICE CONTRACT

The bursary will provide cover for the following expenses: tuition fees, books, study materials, accommodation, meals, teaching practice and an allowance for general living expenses, if available and capped at a certain amount.

Bursaries are awarded for 1 academic year at a time and students are required to reapply for funding each year. Renewal of the bursary is NOT guaranteed, but is dependent on students academic performance.

After graduation, bursary recipients will be required to teach at a public school (selected by the Provincial Education Department (PED)) – the service contract duration will be equal to the duration of bursary funding received.
 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FUNZA LUSHAKA BURSARY

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):
All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must have a valid South African ID number
  • You must be 30 years old or younger, if applying for the first time
  • You must have been accepted to study towards a BEd degree or PGCE programme, specialising in at least 2 of the priority subject areas (extended programmes are not covered)
  • You must have been accepted to study at a recognised tertiary institution in South African
  • You must have a strong academic record
  • You must be willing to teach at any school, as selected by the Provincial Education Department (PED)
  • You must NOT be a Higher Education Institution employees (or a spouse, dependent or child of a Higher Education Institution employee)
  • You must be committed and passionate about a career in teaching, including having an interest in working with youth; enthusiasm for teaching; and be willing and ready to face challenges with integrity
  • You must NOT have any other teaching qualifications
  • You must have a clear criminal record
  • You must NOT have any charges of misconduct or have been dismissed from work

First time university entrants must also meet the following criteria:

  • You must have achieved a Matric exemption, endorsement or bachelor degree admission
  • You must have achieved a minimum of level 4 in Matric for 2 subjects you intend on specialising to teach
  • Students who will specialising in Foundation Phase: you must have achieved a minimum level 2 pass for Mathematics OR or level 4 pass for Mathematical Literacy in Matric, AND a minimum of level 4 for your Home Language
  • Students who will specialising in Intermediate Phase: you must have achieved a minimum level 2 pass for Mathematics OR or level 4 pass for Mathematical Literacy in Matric, AND a minimum of level 4 for your Home Language
  • Students who will specialising in teaching Technology subjects (including CAT), who did not pass these subjects in Matric: you must have achieved a minimum level 4 for Mathematics or Technical Mathematics in Matric

Note: if the tertiary institution’s entry requirements are higher than the bursary requirement, or vice versa, the higher requirement will apply

New students currently at university must also meet the following criteria:

  • You must have passed all subjects in past year of tertiary study
  • You must have achieved a minimum overall average of 55%, for all subjects studied in last year of tertiary study
  • You must have achieved a minimum overall average of 66.5% for subjects related to the teaching area of specialisation in last year of tertiary study

New students enrolling for PGCE must also meet the following criteria:

  • You must have completed a qualification that allows admission into the PGCE programme
  • You must be studying towards the PGCE for Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching (SPFET) (Grade 7 to Grade 12)
  • You must have 2 priority subjects with 1 module successfully completed at third year level, and 1 module successfully completed at second year level
  • You must have sufficient modules in the priority subjects in order to qualify to teach it as a subject at school

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE FUNZA LUSHAKA BURSARY

To apply for the Funza Lushaka bursary for 2023 studies, candidates must closely follow these steps:

1) Visit the e-Government Portal website
2) Register an account by filling in your required personal details
3) Login using your selected username and password
4) Select the “Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme” on the e-Services Menu
5) Insert the OTP you received
6) Read and accept the Terms and Conditions
7) Click on the “2023 application” button on the dashboard
8) Fill in the required information
9) Read and accept the declaration to confirm your information

Please note: applications must ONLY be done online – NO hard copy applications will be accepted.
 

APPLICATION NOTES FOR THE FUNZA LUSHAKA BURSARY

  • Students must read the Funza Lushaka Bursary Information before applying
  • Students must have a valid student number when applying (this will be received after you have been accepted or provisionally accepted at university)
  • Ensure that your information submitted is correct – you will be able to access your online application to make any changes before submission
  • Ensure that your priority subject areas on your application for are the ones you will specialise in
  • Academic year of study means the level you are studying (B Ed 1 is 1st year, B Ed 2 is 2nd year etc)
  • You are not allowed to change institutions after applying for the bursary
  • Applying for the bursary does NOT automatically guarantee you will receive it
  • Supporting documents must be submitted to your university’s Funza Lushaka office

CLOSING DATE FOR THE FUNZA LUSHAKA BURSARY

Re-applications (existing or returning bursary recipients): 5 August 2022
New applications: 5 August 2022.

(Applications submitted after these dates will not be accepted – please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.)
 

CONTACT THE BURSARY PROVIDER

For any queries related to this bursary programme, please contact your University Funza Lushaka academic and administrative co-ordinators directly:

Alternatively, you may contact the Department of Basic Education here:
Tel: 012 357 3000
Email: inquiries.funzalushaka@dbe.gov.za

(Please do NOT contact the Department of Basic Education, the Department of Higher Education and Training or NSFAS for queries regarding the bursary, please also do not come in person to the DBE).

Before you make an enquiry, please read the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and answers.

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