ISASA Bursary Application Forms 2018 – SA Bursaries 2019

By | January 2, 2018

ISASA Bursary

ISASA Bursary – The Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) is the largest and oldest association of independent schools in Southern Africa.

ISASA traces its origins back to the Conference of Headmasters and Headmistresses formed and more recently to the Independent Schools Council, which was dissolved to create ISASA

ISASA today is a not for profit company (NPC), which represents more than 730 independent schools in South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Namibia, Angola, Mozambique and Lesotho. Over 161,000 learners attend ISASA-affiliated schools.

Since the collapse of the apartheid state and the advent of democracy in South Africa, dramatic changes have occurred in the independent (private) school sector. There were approximately 550 registered independent schools in the country. The dominant public perception of independent schools at that time was “white, affluent and exclusive”.

There are at least 1584 independent schools in South Africa.  The sector educates more than 500,000 learners, of which 73% are black (58% are Black African). Traditional, high-fee independent schools are now a minority in the sector, with only an estimated 15% of schools charging fees of more than R50 000 per annum.

Despite an increase in the number of for-profit independent schools, and in particular for-profit “chain schools”, the sector remains largely not-for-profit. Most independent schools are also small schools, with 350 learners per school or less. This is partly because so many of them are newly established. The sector serves a wide range of different religions, philosophies and educational approaches across the full socio-economic spectrum.

Lebogang Montjane is the current Executive Director of ISASA. Other key personnel include John Lobban (Director: Membership and Operations) and Sandile Ndaba (Director: Policy and Government Relations).

Learn from and be mentored by experienced independent school teachers

  • Access to excellent teaching, learning resources and technology
  • Training in ISASA schools
  • The cost of the bursary will fully cover UNISA fees and textbooks.

ISASA Bursary Requirements

  • A certified copy of your ID document or birth certificate.
  • Application Form
  • For school leavers: A certified copy of your mid-year or latest report that is available.
  • For University students / Graduates: A certified copy of your Senior Certificate and transcripts of your complete academic record to date.
  • A one- page personal statement explaining why you should be considered as a future teacher of mathematics and why you will be an asset to the Programme.

How to Apply

Fill in the Application Form and send it below:
Email to: [email protected]  or
Post to: ISASA, PO Box 87430, Houghton, 2041 or

Hand deliver to: ISASA, 16 St David Road, Houghton, 2198

Note this bursary is now closed