The Department of Education invites applications from student who want to study Bachelor of Education to apply for Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme 2023 academic year.

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Each year, the Funza Lushaka Bursary is awarded for students towards the following Teaching qualifications:

Undergraduate studies: a 4-year Bachelor of Education degree (BEd), which specialises in any of the following:

Foundation Phase (Grade R to Grade 3) (preferably majoring in South African Indigenous Languages, Neurodevelopment Needs, Braille, SASL)
Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 to Grade 6) (preferably majoring in 2 of these subjects: Languages, Mathematics, and Natural Science & Technology)
Senior and Further Education and Training Teaching (Grade 7 to Grade 12) (preferably majoring in 2 of these subjects: Accounting, Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural Technology, Civil Technology, Computer Applications Technology, Electrical Technology, Engineering Graphics and Design, Geography, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Mechanical Technology, Physical Sciences, Languages, Maritime studies, Coding and Robitics, Technical Mathematics and Technical Science)

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Graduate studies: a 1-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) for:

Senior and Further Education and Training Teaching (Grade 7 to Grade 12)
The prestigious Funza Lushaka bursary is aimed at students who are studying to become teachers and is awarded annually, based of academic ability.

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.

Requirements
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 public university in South Africa
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 NOT have a criminal record
You must NOT have any charges of misconduct
You must NOT have been dismissed from work
First time university entrants must also meet the following criteria:

You must have passed Matric with an 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 specialise in Foundation Phase: you must have achieved a minimum level 2 pass for Mathematics OR a minimum level 4 pass for Mathematical Literacy AND a min

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