Engen schools programme celebrates top KZN pupils

Top Engen achiever Azanda Mashiyane is studying a BSc in Accounting. Pictures: Supplied

Top Engen achiever Azanda Mashiyane is studying a BSc in Accounting. Pictures: Supplied

Published Feb 15, 2024


Durban — Engen recently celebrated the efforts and sacrifice of Grade 12 pupils, who attended the four Engen Maths and Science Schools in Durban, at an awards ceremony at Fairvale High School.

Engen Maths and Science Schools offer free supplementary classes every Saturday at Fairvale High School, Ganges High School, Hillview High School and uMlazi Commercial High School.

The programme focuses on extra tuition in “gateway” subjects such as maths and science, as well as English.

EMSS educators with top EMSS pupils, Engen staff and community-Engen joint committee members.

Speaking at the ceremony, Engen’s CSI manager, Olwethu Mdabula, said these subjects are considered critical in addressing the country’s technical and engineering skills shortage as well as spurring economic growth.

“While Engen is extremely proud of all the 2023 matriculants, I must make special mention of and commend the incredible results attained by our top KZN achievers,” he said.

One of these top achievers is Keresha Nair, an alumnus of Westville Girls’ High School who achieved seven distinctions, including 93% for physical science and 88% for maths, which secured her a spot to study mechanical engineering at UCT this year.

Keresha Nair ranked up seven distinctions.

Nosipho Lungile Msomi from Wentworth chalked up seven distinctions, which earned her a place to study medicine at UCT this year. She is an alumnus of Durban Academy High School and achieved 82% in English, 87% in maths and 84% in physical science, marks that allow her to follow her dream of becoming an orthopaedic surgeon one day.

Whizz Nosipho Msomi got seven distinctions and dreams of being an orthopaedic surgeon one day.

Wendy Asiphe Ndadane of uMlazi is poised to fulfil her dream of becoming a doctor after achieving seven distinctions, including 98% in maths and 96% in physical science during her matric year.

EMSS superstar Wendy Ndadane achieved seven distinctions, including 98% for maths and 96% for physical science.

Azanda Mashinaye from Mobeni Heights and an alumnus of Durban Academy High School, notched up six distinctions and is planning to study accounting at UCT. She scored 85% for maths, 86% for physical science and 80% for English.

Andiswa Mtaka Mbense from Montclair, an alumnus of Ganges Secondary, scooped six As and a place at UCT, where he will pursue a BSc in mechanical engineering.

Andiswa Mbense scooped six distinctions and a place at the University of Cape Town, where he will be pursuing a BSc in Mechanical Engineering.

Kiara Ci-Anne Wagner, who lives on the Bluff, notched up 90% for both maths and physical science. An alumnus of Grosvenor Girls High School, her results have secured her a place at Wits University of the Witwatersrand to study Electrical Engineering.

Electrical engineering beckons for Kiara Ci-Anne Wagner.

Mdabula said that the EMSS programme seeks to harness the potential of talented young people in difficult circumstances and to contribute to the pool of scarce skills in the country.

“The programme becomes a lifeline for students, offering them the resources and guidance to achieve academic excellence and pursue higher education.”

The recently released Department of Basic Education technical report reveals encouraging improvements in the pass rates for maths and physical science, with maths increasing from 55% in 2022 to 63.5% in 2023.

CSI Manager Olwethu Mdabula awards a Grade 12 pupil from the Umlazi EMSS, Wendy Ndadane, with Chief Marketing Officer Godfrey Vilakazi.

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