The Engen Maths and Science School programme recently held an awards ceremony to celebrate the outstanding results of their top 2017 matriculants. With a matric score of 95% for maths and 92% for science, Uri Engelbrecht was named the programmes best performer in the Western Cape and 3rd best nationally.
Born and raised in Lotus River (Cape Town), the 17 year old Uri was among a group of 550 students from across the country that participated in the 2017 programme. The programme consisted of extra Saturday classes, held at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
Uri was already a top performer at Claremont High, but he still felt that he wanted to do better. He says that the extra classes helped him learn something new every week and it contributed towards boosting his final matric results.
Uri’s academic achievements are not just reflected in his maths and science marks. He achieved seven distinctions and these excellent results helped him secure a four-year bursary to cover his tuition and residence fees at Stellenbosch University. He is currently in his first year of studying towards a degree in engineering.
The Engen programme, which operates in the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and Eastern Cape, aim to address key national skills shortages in engineering and other technical fields. It provides a high-quality learning experience, including teaching and educational materials, for learners from Grade 10 to 12. All participants agreed that it helped boost not only their results, but also their confidence.
Adhila Hamdulay, Engen’s Corporate Social Investment Manager, says that they are incredibly proud of Uri and all the learners that epitomises the quality of the young people they work with every year. “Our ultimate reward is to help set them up to pursue stimulating careers in maths and science-related fields that won’t only benefit them personally, but also the economy as a whole,” says Adhila.