More than 1 000 high school learners in the Free State will benefit from classes in science and mathematics offered by Denel employees this weekend.
This initiative is part of the defence and technology company’s investment in education and the promotion of engineering, science and technology subjects among students and school children.
“This is an opportunity for Denel to support communities and education authorities in subjects that are vital to the ability of learners to continue with further studies – but where there are shortages in learning material and expertise,” says Zwelakhe Ntshepe, acting Group CEO of Denel.
The Free State Department of Education has approached Denel for assistance during the current winter holiday. High school learners in the province will attend a number of academic winter camps and enrichment programmes to prepare themselves for the year-end examinations.
A number of engineers from three Denel companies will give classes in the Xhariep and Lejweleputswa districts of the Free State. Jappie Monele, Neo Motshologane, Richmond Malinga, Mmakwena Ramatshela and Moorosi Motake are employed by Denel Dynamics, South Africa’s leading designer and manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles and missile systems; Mike Dlulane and Murendani Randima work at Denel Land Systems and Sibusiso Nkosi at Denel Aviation.
Learners from Welkom will attend the lectures in the Lejweleputswa district while the classes in Xhariep will benefit those who attend schools in towns such as Trompsburg, Fauresmith, Zastron and Olien.
Over a four day period the lecturers will cover maths subjects such as calculus and geometry while the science courses will focus on mechanics and chemistry.
Denel regularly contributes to high school learning through bursaries, scholarships and participation in science weeks and enrichment programmes. In the 2015 academic year matriculants who attended Denel’s maths and science enrichment programmes in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the North West, received a 100% pass rate in the year-end exams. The 230 Grade 12 learners raked in 117 distinctions and more than 60% of the class received exemptions for university studies.
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