Funza Lushaka Bursaries 2024: Investing in South Africa’s Teaching Future

Funza Lushaka Bursaries 2024 Published on December 17, 2023 By Phathu

Overview

The Department of Basic Education invites ambitious South African students to seize the opportunity presented by the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme for the academic year 2024. This program aims to provide financial support to students pursuing teaching qualifications, shaping the future educators of South Africa.

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Bursary Application Closing Date: 04 February 2024.

Supported Teaching Qualifications

Undergraduate Studies (4-year Bachelor of Education degree – BEd):

  • Specializations: Foundation Phase, Intermediate Phase, Senior and Further Education and Training Teaching (Grade 7 to Grade 12).

Graduate Studies (1-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education – PGCE):

  • Specialization: Senior and Further Education and Training Teaching (Grade 7 to Grade 12).

Covered Expenses

The Funza Lushaka Bursary comprehensively covers:

  • Tuition fees
  • Books
  • Study materials
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Teaching practice
  • A living expenses allowance (if available and capped).

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Funza Lushaka Bursaries 2024 Bursary Duration

The bursary is awarded annually for one academic year, with renewal contingent upon academic performance.

Service Contract

Bursary recipients commit to teaching at a public school selected by the Provincial Education Department (PED) for a duration equal to the funding received.

Eligibility Requirements

General Requirements for All Applicants:

  • South African citizenship
  • Valid South African ID
  • Age 30 years or younger (for first-time applicants)
  • Acceptance at a South African public university for BEd or PGCE, specializing in priority subjects
  • Strong academic record
  • Commitment to teach at any school selected by PED
  • Not an employee of a Higher Education Institution (or a spouse, dependent, or child of an employee)
  • Passion and dedication for teaching, working with youth, and facing challenges with integrity
  • No existing teaching qualifications or criminal record

Specific Requirements for First-Time University Entrants:

  • Matriculation with exemption, endorsement, or bachelor degree admission
  • Minimum level 4 pass in specific subjects (varies based on intended specialization)
  • Meeting tertiary institution entry requirements

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online at Funza Lushaka Bursary Application 2024.

Application 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.

Application Deadlines:

  • New Applications: 2 February 2024

Ensure applications are submitted before the specified deadlines for consideration. Prospective students are urged to thoroughly read the Funza Lushaka Bursary Information before applying for this invaluable opportunity to shape South Africa’s educational landscape.

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