Cabinet has granted the Department of Basic Education approval to retain the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme. The programme is meant to attract young people to teaching by offering bursary-for-work agreements. However, it has been criticised for being inefficient and not yielding the desired results since teacher shortages persist. These shortages, especially in gateway subjects such as maths and science, are seen as a key contributor to SA’s poor educational outcomes. Speaking during the weekly post-Cabinet media briefing in Parliament on Thursday, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said Cabinet had approved the report on the implementation evaluation of the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme as well as the management response and improvement from the department. This was part of the 2014-15 national evaluation plan.

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