Matric Achiever Attributes Success To Denel's Maths And Science Classes
9 January 2014
Enrichment classes in maths and science offered by Denel contributed to the achievements of an 18-year old North West student who ranks among the countrys top matriculants. Itumeleng Mofokeng, a former pupil at Vaal Reefs Technical High School scored an astonishing 100% for Physics and 99% in Mathematics in the 2013 end-of-year exams.
Itumeleng was part of a group of 20 Grade-12 students who attended enrichment classes offered by Denel to learners in the North West.
The Denels Schools Outreach Programme offers extra maths and science classes to grade 11 and 12.
Denel supports schools identified by government to become centres of excellence in the teaching of maths and science and are central to meeting the objectives of the strategy for maths, science and technology (MST) Education. In other instances, engineers from Denel as the state-owned defence and technology company volunteer their time to teach maths and science classes over weekends and holiday periods.
Fikile Mhlontlo, Denels Group Financial Director says the programme is part of the companys efforts to improve educational outcomes in maths, science and technology. As a high technology company with a strong focus on engineering, research and development Denel has a vested interest in maths and science teaching. We are exceptionally proud of the results achieved through our programme which was started ten years ago.
All the participants in the outreach programme have achieved university exemptions and learners from the North West will be honoured at a special awards function on Saturday, (11 January). The company has decided to expand the programme in 2014 and double the number of learners who can attend the additional classes.
A number of divisions in the Denel Group present enrichment programmes to learners in the North West and in the vicinity of its campuses in Centurion and Ekurhuleni. The company is currently supporting more than 250 high school learners in five provinces.
Denel also offers bursaries and internships to deserving students who study engineering disciplines at various tertiary institutions while the Denel Technical Academy provides training for artisans in the aerospace and associated engineering trades.
As a vital national asset Denel contribute to our countrys most important social and economic priorities as defined in the National Development Plan, says Mhlontlo. This is especially relevant in the fields of skills development, high technology, advanced manufacturing and addressing the shortages in the areas of engineering and technical skills.
Itumeleng says the Denel programme undoubtedly contributed to his matric success. It greatly added to the curriculum offered by the school and provided me with a deeper insight into the subjects of physics and mathematics, says Mofokeng.
The young achiever who hails from Kanana in the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District will soon start his studies in actuarial sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand.
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