In line with the Department of Basic Education’s effort to actively promote teaching in public schools all over South Africa, it launched the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme. this is also part of DBE’s mission as a leading authority in the development of education in South Africa well into the 21st century.
Established in 2009, the Department of Basic Education was formed when the old Department of Education was split into two separate departments. Today, the DBE is responsible for developing the country’s primary and secondary education system.
In 2010, the Department employed 730 people and was appropriated a budget of 6,166.2 million rand.
Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme
Designed to encourage qualified individuals to join the teaching profession, the Funza Lushaka Bursary programme helps enable qualified students to finish their teaching qualification in areas acknowledged by the government as important.
The bursary programme will cover all essential school expenses including, but not limited to; tuition, board and lodging, books and relevant learning materials. A small monthly allowance may also be allocated to cover other monthly living expenses. However, fund allocation is capped per bursar, and any HEI (Higher Education Institution) charges that goes over the capped value, the bursar will have to fill in the amount from his/her own funds.
Bursars are obligated to teach in a number of years commensurate to the number of years they received funding from the programme. In the event a bursar fails to qualify, pursues a non-designated course, or does not apply for a teaching position with a provincial education department (PED) within the public system, the bursar defaults the contract and will be required to repay the bursary in full plus interest.
The provincial education department will place the new graduate in a teaching position at a public school.
Requirements or Eligibility
The Funza Lushaka Bursary programme is awarded to individuals who are:
- top academic performers
- current Grade 12 students
- graduates who looking to finish their teaching course (i.e. PGCE)
- experienced professionals who wish to shift to teaching career
- South African citizens holding a valid South African ID number
- Grade 12 students who have an exemption, admission, or endorsement to bachelor degree studies pass at matric
- Grade 12 students with at least 60% or level 4 pass in the subject the candidate intends to teach
- new applicants to a university who passed (with 55% minimum average) all 2017 modules or in the last school year attended at a university
- new applicants to a university who have obtained a prescribed degree in a recognized university
These are the programme’s basic requirements and meeting these criteria does not automatically qualify anyone to be a recipient. Only the best applicants will be chosen to receive the bursary.
How to Apply
- All applications must be done online by accessing the e-Gov portal. Click on the link to get started: www.eservices.gov.za. Be sure to save the system generated OTP (One-Time Pin)
- Register an account by submitting personal information. Key in the OTP when prompted
- Login using the username and password you created during the registration process
- Once there, look for the e-Services menu and click on Funza Lushaka Bursary
- Locate the Application button on the dashboard menu. Follow the instructions carefully and fill in the required fields
- Accept the declaration to verify that the information submitted is true and correct.
- Print out a copy of the application form as proof of your application. Submit another copy to the university you will be attending
- The university copy must be accompanied by the following:
- Certified copy of ID
- For incoming 1st year students from Grade 12, a Grade 12 certificate or a copy of Grade 12 result notification
- For university students, a certified copy of academic transcript containing from 2017 or last attended school year
For more detailed information about the Funza Lushaka bursary programme, please refer to the pdf document below:
Opening and Closing Dates
Applications for the bursary programme begins on 5 October, 2018 and closes on 11 January 2019.
Re-applications are entertained only until 23 November 2018.
For questions about the bursary programme, get in touch with the Funza Lushaka administrator of your university. Do not contact the Department of Basic Education or the Department of Higher Education and Training nor come to their offices in person. If you really need to contact them, call the DBE at 012 357 000.