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Apply for a bursary through ETDP SETA or the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme and you could be on your way to qualifying as a teacher.

The ETDP SETA focuses on the Education, Training and Development (ETD) sector, promoting and facilitating skills development. The ETDP SETA achieves its goals through a number of different skills development interventions including bursaries, amongst others.

There are a number of bursaries available for learners who have successfully completed Grade 12 and wish to pursue a career in the ETD sector. If this describes you, please apply to the ETDP SETA and the Department of Education or enquire about other funding schemes.



• B.Ed Mathematics and Science

• B.Ed Foundation Phase

• Certificate in Education

• B Com

• BSc Applied Mathematics

• Masters in Commerce

• ACE in Leadership and Management

• Computer Studies

• Human Resources Management

• Public Finance.


  • Unemployed South Africans from previously disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in studying towards qualifications in the ETD sector.
  • Employed South Africans from previously disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in specialising in an ETD sector field of study identified by the ETDP SETA.


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.

The bursary is only awarded to South African citizens. Applications will not be considered unless they have a valid South African ID number.

Applicants for the bursary must already have been accepted into an appropriate study programme at a recognised higher education institution.

Applicants need to meet the institution’s admission criteria and 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 Provincial Education Department. 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 specialisation 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.

You need to apply for admission to a teaching qualification (B Ed or PGCE) or a Bachelor’s degree (e.g. BSc, B Tech, BA) with at least one major course in a priority area at a university of your choice. Once you have gained admission at a university, you are then required to apply for the bursary via this website

What the bursary covers

The bursary covers all the recipient’s essential expenses.

Expenses covered include tuition, full accommodation including meals, books and learning materials, and a small allowance for monthly living expenses.

Universities have different cost structures, so the total value of a bursary differs.

The bursary is renewable for one academic year at a time. On proof of academic success the bursary may be renewed each year until the recipient of the bursary has qualified as a teacher.

Conditions for repayment of the bursary

The bursary must be repaid only if the recipient fails to qualify, fails to apply for a teaching post with a PED at a public school, fails to take up a teaching post with a PED at a public school, leaves a teaching post with a PED before the end of the contracted service period, or otherwise fails to meet any requirement of the bursary agreement.

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sharon Mar 1, 2016 at 11:30 am

im interested in teaching i believe that my skills passion and interest in the field of teaching will definitely be an asset to your honarable post

    Leonie Hall Mar 1, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    That’s great Sharon! Teaching is a rewarding and fulfilling career if you genuinely care for people. Please apply for bursaries. In the meantime, why don’t you start teaching Saturday classes in your community? Take care, keep climbing and take others with you! Leo

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