TEACHING BURSARIES FOR 2013

Teaching Bursaries


Closing Dates: 11 January 2013 (new applications), 16 November 2012 (re-applications)

Do you want to study teaching but you cannot afford it?

Well, the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme that promotes teaching in public schools. Bursaries are available to enable eligible students to complete a full teaching qualification in an area of national priority. Recipients of the bursary will be required to teach at a school or provincial education department for the same number of years that they receive the bursary. Qualified recipients of the bursary can apply for appropriate public school positions with the provincial education department (PED) of their choice. The PED concerned will determine whether there is a suitable post available. If there is not, the applicant will be offered employment in a PED that does have suitable vacancies.

Admission criteria

The bursary is only awarded to South African citizens. Applications will not be considered unless the applicant has a valid South African ID number. Applicants for the bursary must already have been accepted into an appropriate study programme at a recognized higher education institution. Applicants also need to meet certain admission criteria of the institution and they must also meet the national selection criteria for the Funza Lushaka bursary.

Selection criteria include the following:

- The applicant’s academic ability;
- Eligibility for an approved degree or PGCE in one of the priority areas;
- Commitment to a teaching career, which includes: interest in working with young people;  enthusiasm for a professional career in teaching; readiness to face and surmount difficult challenges and personal integrity;
- Commitment to teach in any school to which a student may be appointed by a PED.

Everything else being equal, selection should favour candidates from rural areas, candidates who wish to teach in rural areas and candidates whose financial position would otherwise exclude them from enrolment for a teaching qualification. The bursary will only be awarded if one of the priority area specialization subjects is included as a teaching subject in your qualification.

Please note that those who already have other teaching qualifications do not qualify for this programme.

Programmes to be funded

Three types of qualifications can be funded. These are shown in the table below. The qualification must include subjects which will allow the student to specialise as a teacher in at least one priority area (see next section below).

Undergraduate studies 

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).
 
3/4 -year Bachelors degree e.g. Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Computer Science, Bachelor of Technology in fields suitable for admission to the one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Application for funding for a Bachelors degree implies that the applicant commits to enrol for the PGCE upon completion of the undergraduate degree
 
Graduate studies
 
One-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) for graduates whose degrees include majors in priority areas.
 
Priority areas

The priority areas that are currently funded are indicated in the table below. These areas could be reconsidered from year to year.

Foundation Phase
(Grade R- 3)
Intermediate
Phase
(Grade 4 – 6)
Senior
Phase
(Grade 7 – 9)
FET
Phase
(Grade 10 –12)
• Foundation phase specialisation• African Languages
• English Language
• Mathematics
• Natural Sciences
• Technology
• AfricanLanguages
• English Language
• Mathematics
• Natural Sciences
• Technology
• African Languages
• Agricultural Sciences
• Agricultural Technology
• Civil Technology
• Computer Applications   Technology
• Electrical Technology
• Engineering Graphics and Design
• English Language
• Information Technology
• Life Sciences
• Mathematics
• Mathematical Literacy
• Mechanical Technology
• Physical Sciences


How to Apply

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