To educate and inspire the next generation, teachers have to be employed in a school in South Africa. Unemployed teachers who have obtained the relevant qualifications to practise as an educator in the country have raised concerns around the employment and placement of teachers.
This as some of them accused education departments of prioritising the employment of teachers who benefited from the Funza Lushaka bursary scheme
The Funza Lushaka Bursary scheme covers most of the beneficiary's essential expenses including tuition fees, accommodation, meals, books and learning materials, teaching practice and if possible a small allowance for monthly living expenses. The bursary recipient does not have to pay back the money to Funza Lushaka.
The Education Department in KwaZulu-Natal has responded to reports that Funza Lushaka bursary beneficiaries are being prioritised when it comes to being employed as a teacher in the province.
They said, “Recruitment of educators will not depend on whether they have obtained their academic qualifications through Funza Lushaka Bursary or not”.
MEC Kwazi Mshengu said it defeats logic that sacrifices made by parents for their child’s education are disadvantageous based on their child not being the recipient of the Funza Lushaka Bursary.
Mshengu added that the department also does not prioritise anybody based on whether they received the bursary or not.