Cape Times

Funza offers 3 500 bursaries


THE Department of Basic Education is offering 3 500 Funza Lushaka bursaries for new prospectiv­e teachers.

The Department estimates that 13 500 bursaries will be available for the 2018 academic year – of which about 10 000 will be awarded to existing bursary holders at universiti­es.

The budget has also increased slightly to R1 159 348 000, from R1 095 792 000 in 2017.

Department spokespers­on Elijah Mhlanga said about 5 000 Funza Lushaka graduates will be eligible for placement next year.

“The number may change based on the final result notificati­ons received from universiti­es,” Mhlanga said.

The bursary scheme is to enable eligible students to complete a teaching qualificat­ion.

After graduation recipients of the bursaries are required to teach at a public school.

Last month the North Gauteng High Court ruled in favour of the department for the bursary scheme to ensure the availabili­ty of an increasing number of indigenous language teachers.

Trade union Solidarity had taken the department to court over the bursary criteria, saying it discrimina­ted against non-indigenous language speaking students.

The court also found that Solidarity had failed to establish discrimina­tion on the basis of section 9(2) or (3) of the constituti­on. – Staff Writer

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