WHO QUALIFIES FOR FUNZA LUSHAKA BURSARY?
The Department of Education in South Africa is 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. Now the big question is who qualifies to apply for the Funza Lushaka Bursary program??
Anyone pursuing or who have applied for teaching can apply for the Funza Lushaka Bursary.
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
TWO TYPES FOR QUALIFICATIONS THE BURSARY FUNDS.
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.