The Faculty of Education has received R30 000 000 of Funza Lushaka bursaries which will be awarded to 682 Bachelor of Education students this year. The bursary programme is aimed at promoting teaching in public schools with a special interest in the priority areas that have been identified by the Department of Education (DoE).

In 2008, the Faculty received R13 560 000 which was allocated to 330 students. Since the launch of Funza Lushaka Bursary in 2007, the funding has grown considerably. To date, the Faculty has received R50 760 000 in Funza Lushaka Bursaries from the DoE.

Apart from academic ability, recipients have to be committed to a teaching career, which include: interest in working with young people; enthusiasm for a professional career in teaching; readiness to face and surmount difficult challenges and personal integrity.

It is envisaged that this bursary scheme will play a major role in addressing the shortage of teachers and skills in the priority subjects and learning areas such as mathematics, science, technology, indigenous languages and the foundation phase.

Such initiatives and programmes allow the University and the College of Humanities in particular to effectively transform its mission into tangible and significant contributions.