Teachers have always played a leading role in shaping the future of students. No student can learn without a teacher and that’s why support for teacher education is important. Diverse organizations have for many years been supporting teacher education by offering bursaries to practicing teachers, teachers who have completed college but are yet to get employed and students who aspire to become teachers.
The applicants must have a passion for teaching and a love for a highly literate future generation. The bursaries cover various education fields including science, mathematics, technology, business, languages, drama, and so on.
How do I get a teaching bursary?
If you are a teacher who graduated with a diploma but now you want to enroll for a degree, you are eligible to apply for a bursary. Those already with a degree can apply to enroll for a postgraduate degree.
The primary qualification is a desire to advance your teaching education. The education field is always in need of more qualified teachers and you will likely get employed soon after your graduation.
Process of application for teaching bursaries
The process of application is usually very simple, yet most students get easily confused. The most basic is to identify your field and then to understand all the requirements needed during the process. Each bursary will have its specific requirement but most will require you to follow the following process. Some bursaries are general, meaning you can apply to study in any field of your choice.
- You will be asked to provide your updated academic qualification signed and stamped by your school
- Letter of acceptance into a tertiary institution
- Your national identification document
- Your area of residence
- Your parent’s or guardian’s source of income to prove their inability to pay
- Include references in your application and they must be people who know you and your background very well
- A cover letter is important because it will help convince the judges that you truly need the bursary
After you consolidate all the documents together, visit a lawyer and let the documents be certified.
What does a teaching bursary cover?
Usually, a teaching bursary is not much but it will help cover your tuition fees, upkeep, books subscribed by the college you are attending, and a small stipend. Most teaching bursaries cover the full learning period which can be two years or four years.
Teaching Bursaries 2021/2022
The bursaries for 2021/2022 cover several phases of study and all that you need to do is choose the right phase for you.
The foundation phase is fitting for teachers who love teaching foundational learning to young kids who are just joining the school. The intermediate phase is fitting for students to want to undertake less practical teaching courses in various fields like math, science, history, and languages.
The senior phase is the most vigorous and practical phase and requires teachers to specialize in specific subjects. The following is a list of available teaching bursaries for the year 2021/2022.
Most popular fields to apply for teaching bursaries
The teaching bursaries are offered for education opportunities in various fields but the most common areas listed below.
How to qualify for education bursaries
The education bursaries are available to qualified students who have an ambition to become teachers. The following conditions are mandatory for every applicant.
- Applicants must be citizens of South Africa
- You must provide a certified copy of your SA identity card
- All applicants must have passion for teaching and love being around children
- You must be a high performer academically
- You must have a letter of acceptance to join an institution of higher learning
- Your parents/guardian must be financially disadvantaged
There is a possibility of employment by the organization that sponsored your education if you graduate successfully with good grades, the requirements above are general and a specific bursary program might have special requirements like residency in a specific province, a certain level of disability, unique gender requirements and so on.
Applying for the teaching bursaries
Bursaries have deadlines and you must strictly submit your application before the deadline. Before you even begin to check the list of requirements, confirm the application deadline because if it’s passed, there will be no need for you to take any further steps.
If you are within the deadline, check what you are required to do and get all the documents listed in the application form. Certification of documents is essential and it’s done by a lawyer.
Most organizations will ask for a letter that will help put further weight on your application. Even if it’s not clearly indicated as a requirement, write the cover letter and include it in your application. The letter will give you an advantage over the other applications.