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As part of a concerted drive to attract students to take up teaching, the Limpopo department of education has recruited 250 pupils to pursue the noble profession.
The beneficiaries are last year's matriculants who all passed maths and science subjects with flying colours.
Those who benefited will major in education and will study at the universities of Wits, Limpopo's Turfloop and Venda campuses.
The department will pay for their tuition fees, accommodation, catering and other logistics for a period of four years.
Speaking to Sowetan yesterday, education MEC Namane Masemola said the primary objective of the recruitment drive is to address the chronic shortage of teachers in the province.
He said since the colleges of education in the province were closed in the late 90s there has been a serious need of qualified teachers in the province and beyond.
Masemola said most of those who had graduated as teachers previously took up posts elsewhere in the country, leaving the province in dire need of teachers.
"But we now need them to educate our children to become responsible members of the society in which we live."
Masemola said those who graduate after the four years would be placed at different institutions of learning to plough back to the community.
He added that the offer for the bursaries would be made available each year to those students who work hard and achieve desirable symbols at the end of the year.
Meanwhile, a total of 65 students whose parents cannot afford the exorbitant fees at tertiary institutions will benefit from the Premier's Bursary Trust Fund this year.
Phuti Mosomane, spokesperson for Premier Cassel Mathale, said only students from poor families who either depend on government's social grants for survival, or those who have little or no income at all, would benefit from the bursary scheme.
He said application forms for the bursaries are available at all municipal offices around the province and in the premier's office.