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funza lushaka bursary online application 2018 criteria and requirement
The following must be read before making an application for a Funza Lushaka bursary for 2018
- Should you have a criminal record, charged of misconduct or dismissed from work, kindly note that
you are not eligible to apply for this bursary.
- Allocation of Funza Lushaka bursaries to Higher Education Institution employees, their spouse and
their dependents/children is not permissible.
- Non-disclosure of the information required as stated in 2 above will be treated as fraud.
- This online application is a MUST. No hard copies are accepted by the programme.
- Printing of the completed on-line application is a MUST
- Please note that those who already have other teaching qualifications do not qualify for this
Programmes to be funded
Two types of qualifications can be funded. These are shown below. The qualification must include
subjects which will allow the student to specialise as a teacher in at least two priority areas (see
next section below).
4-year Bachelor of Education degree (B Ed), specialising in Foundation Phase (Grade R – 3),
Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 – 6), Senior Phase (Grade 7 – 9) and FET Phase (Grade 10-12).
One-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) for graduates whose degrees
include at least one major in one of the two priority subjects.
Take note that some universities offer qualifications which combine specialisation in the Foundation
Phase (Grade R – 3) and Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 – 6), or the Intermediate Phase and Senior
Phase, or the Senior Phase (Grade 7 – 9) and FET Phase (Grade 10 –12). These combined
qualifications are also acceptable.
Selection criteria include the following:
- The bursary is only awarded to South African citizens with a valid South African ID number;
- The applicant should demonstrate good academic ability;
Students must meet the minimum academic criteria for award of the bursary. In 2018, the minimum
academic criteria are:
. For 1st time entrants to university:
- An exemption, endorsement, or ‘admission to bachelor degree studies’ pass at
matric/Grade 12 level
- At least a level 4 pass or 60% on the Standard Grade or 50% on the Higherr Grade pass
at matric level in the subject which the applicant will specialize to teach.
- For students who wish to specialize in the Foundation Phase, a pass in Mathematics or
Mathematical Literacy at Grade 12 level is required. In addition, a level 4 pass or 60% on
the Standard Grade or 50% on the Higher Grade pass in the Home Language is required.
If a student completed matric prior to 2008 when Mathematics was not compulsory, a
student may still be considered based on an overall good performance (Average of at
- .Students who wish to specialize in the teaching of Technology subjects, including CAT,
and who do not have these subjects at matric level, must have a pass in Mathematics or
- .If the institution’s admission requirements are higher than the bursary requirement and
vice versa then the higher requirement will apply.
. For new applicants already at university
- The student must have passed all of the modules studied in 2017 or the last year of
study at the Higher Education Institution.
- At least a 55% average across all the modules studied in 2017 or in the applicant’s last
year of study at a Higher Education Institution.
- The student must have at least 55% average in modules studied in 2017 or in the
applicant’s last year of study at university which relate directly to the priority area
- These are minimum criteria. The Funza Lushaka bursary is a prestigious bursary that
must be awarded firstly on the basis of academic ability. The criteria applied at particular
institutions may be higher than those suggested here, but cannot be lower
For new applicants enrolling for PGCE
- The student must have successfully completed a recognized qualification that qualifies
him/her to be admitted for a PGCE.
- To be considered for a PGCE in Foundation Phase Teaching a student must have
majored in Psychology and an African Language
- To be considered for PGCE in Intermediate Phase, Senior Phase and Further Education
and Training Teaching the student must have majored in the subject he/she wishes to
specialize in from the B. degree
- The student must have at least TWO identified priority subjects at second year level;
- The student must have sufficient modules in the identified priority subjects to qualify to
teach it as a subject at school.
For existing bursars
- The student must have passed at least two-thirds (66.6%) of all the subject modules
studied in the last year of study at the university
- The student must have passed at least two-thirds (66.6%) of the priority subject area
modules studied in the last year of study at the Higher Education Institution.
- If a student is doing one priority subject he/she must pass it to qualify for re-award;
- The student must be progressing to the next level/year of study.
- The students must achieve at least 50% average across all subject modules.
Applicants must note that these are minimum criteria. Meeting these criteria does not mean
automatic acceptance for the bursary. There are a limited number of bursaries available, and
the best students will be selected for the bursary
The bursary is awarded for one academic year at a time. It is not automatically re-awarded. Reaward
will depend on academic success. There is no automatic promise of support for 4 years plus
1 more year. On evidence of academic success, and pending the availability of funds, the bursary
may be renewed each year until the recipient of the bursary has qualified as a teacher. Recipients
of bursaries will be required to teach one year for every year for which they receive a bursary.
What the bursary covers:
Funza Lushaka bursaries cover most of the recipient’s essential
expenses. Expenses may covered include tuition, accommodation including meals, books and
learning materials, and if possible a small allowance for monthly living expenses. The allocation to
any individual student is capped at a specific value. Where the university charges more than the
capped value the bursars will have to top up from own funds. Universities have different cost
structures, so the total value of a bursary differs from institution to institution.
Repayment of funza lushaka bursary
- Recipients of these bursaries will be required to teach at a public school for the same number of
years that they received the bursary.
- The amount that is repayable is the full amount of the bursary received under the programme, less
one year’s funding for every year spent teaching at a public school. Interest will be charged at the
rate determined by NSFAS.
- If you are awarded or re-awarded the bursary you will be expected to have an e-mail address and a
contactable cell phone number for SMS purposes.
These conditions are all contained in the bursary contract which all applicants must sign. When
applicants sign the bursary contract, they are legally agreeing to the conditions described in the
contract. The applicants should keep a copy of the signed contract for themselves.