The department on Monday said the message is a hoax notice.
The notice reads: “Department of Education is looking for 4 761 Matriculants to be trained as Teachers. This bursary will pay for: Registration fees, Tuition fees, meals and accommodation. Students will also be paid allowance for their practical work.
“Candidates and those wishing to apply for teaching bursaries through the programme are urged to be vigilant for such hoax messages and application invitations.
“All official communication surrounding the Funza Lushaka Programme and its bursary opportunities will be communicated directly by the Department of Basic Education through its official channels including the DBE and Funza Lushaka Website (www.funzalushaka.doe.gov.za),” said the department.
For more information on the Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme, visit www.funzalushaka.doe.gov.za or call the DBE call centre on 0800 202 933.