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 Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority (ETDP SETA) is one of 23 SETAs established as a result of the Skills Development Act. The main purpose of the SETAs is to address skills shortages in South Africa by identifying the skills needs of specific industries and sectors, to be a conduit to up-skilling both employed and unemployed citizens, to assess and monitor their progress and ensure that they successfully complete their programmes and are certified as competent to compete in the workplace and find suitable employment.


The ETDP SETA focuses on the Education, Training and Development (ETD) sector and promotes and facilitates skills development in this sector and 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.

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
Everything else being equal, selection should favor 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.


Unemployed South Africans from previously disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in
studying towards qualifications in the ETD sector, especially in scarce and critical skills areas.
Employed South Africans from previously disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in specialising in an ETD sector field of study identified by the ETDP SETA.

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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