Funza Lushaka Bursary – How To Apply Online

The FUNZA LUSHAKA BURSARY PROGRAMME is one of the numerous bursary programmes in South Africa. This programme was brought to life by The Department of Basic Education

ABOUT THE FUNZA LUSHAKA BURSARY PROGRAMME – FIELDS COVERED & COVERAGE VALUE

The bursary programme runs every year and this year, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has called for applications. The total number of bursaries available is  66 and these bursaries are district-based. They are available for Western Cape-based Matriculants who have the aim to pursue a formal teaching qualification in the following:

  • BEd: Foundation Phase
  • BEd: Intermediate Phase
  • BEd: Senior Phase
  • BEd: Further Education and Training Phase

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme was launched in 2007. It was launched to promote teaching in public schools.  So far, the bursary programme runs at three institutions in the Western Cape and these institutions are; 

  • Stellenbosch University
  • University of the Western Cape
  • The Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

The bursary covers several expenses including tuition fees, textbook allowance, notes and laboratory fees, meals, accommodation, and in addition, you have a monthly stipend for basic living expenses.

MORE ABOUT THE FUNZA LUSHAKA BURSARY PROGRAMME – RENEWABILITY & SERVICE CONTRACT

The bursary is awarded for one academic year at a time. It may be renewed each year and this is dependent on satisfactory academic performance. Individuals who received the bursary must reapply for funding for the following academic year. All beneficiaries are required to teach in a school located in a rural area after their graduation. The duration of the teaching is equal to the duration these individuals received the funding. 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FUNZA LUSHAKA BURSARY

Before you receive the bursary, you must  satisfy the following minimum requirements; 

  • The individual must be a South African citizen.
  • The individual must be currently in Matric.
  • The individual must reside within the Western Cape.
  • The individual must have applied to study towards a formal teaching qualification (BEd: Foundation Phase/ BEd: Intermediate Phase/ BEd: Senior Phase/ BEd: Further Education and Training Phase)
  • The individual must have applied to study at one of the three universities mentioned above. 
  • The individual must meet the admission requirements of the higher education institution.
  • The individual must be willing to teach at schools located in rural areas. 
  • The individual must intend on specialising in any of the following subjects:

BEd: Foundation Phase: you must specialise in Languages (including English, Afrikaans or Xhosa)

BEd: Intermediate Phase: you must specialise in Languages, Technology, Mathematics and Natural Sciences

BEd: Senior Phase: you must specialise in Languages (preferably English), Technology, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Life Sciences

BEd: Further Education and Training Phase: you must specialise in Languages (preferably Xhosa), Mathematics, Creative Arts, Agriculture, Civil Technology, Electrical Technology, Engineering Graphics and Design, Mechanical Technology, Computer Applications Technology, Technical Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Technical Sciences

The bursaries are awarded based on merit and will be assessed by the WCED’s selection committee. To be considered, 

  • The individual must achieve a Bachelor’s degree admission on your Matric certificate
  • The individual must be accepted into an approved BEd degree, to specialise in at least 2 priority areas
  • The individual must achieve a minimum result of 60% for your Home Language and a minimum result of 50% for your First Additional Language in Matric
  • The individual must achieve a minimum result of 50% for your other 4 subjects in Matric

Also, if you are a student and you intend to specialise in the Foundation Phase,  you must pass Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy in Matric.

Additionally, if you are a student and you intend to specialise in teaching technical subjects, you must pass Mathematics or Technical Mathematics and Physical Sciences or Technical Sciences in Matric. 

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE FUNZA LUSHAKA BURSARY

You can apply for the bursary online using the URL https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=f790rsPPYEeh_gcxr6pVAhJlmtb5hz5FiPdS4qjWtfdUNDk3QzVTUTNSWVY2VVJZUldPNEhERjdQNy4u

In addition to filling the form, the applicant must also submit clear copies of their supporting documents through email to Ms Malorato Mpiti and the provided email address is  Malorato.Mpiti@westerncape.gov.za

When sending the mail, you must add the words, “Funza Lushaka Bursary – Your Full Name” in the email subject line. Documents to be submitted are; 

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Latest Matric results (certified copy)
  • Proof of application or acceptance to one of the approved tertiary institutions 

CLOSING DATE FOR THE FUNZA LUSHAKA BURSARY

Normally, applications end in July but be sure to check the official website to be sure of the actual date. 

CONTACT THE BURSARY PROVIDER

If there is a need to make queries, you can contact the Department of Basic Education directly via the following details;  

Contact person: Ms Malorato Mpiti: Tel: 021 467 2155

Email: Malorato.Mpiti@westerncape.gov.za

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