TODAY is the last day 2011 and 2012 matriculants interested in improving their maths and science marks can apply for a spot on a programme offered by the Coega Development Corporation (CDC).
The organisation is offering free lessons to matriculants in those years who either failed or performed poorly in the two subjects and have applied to rewrite the exams in November.
Siphosethu Dhlomo, 17, a former Douglas Mbopa Senior Secondary High School pupil who matriculated last year, is among those seeking better results.
“I passed maths and science but I want to improve my marks so I applied to the CDC Maths and Science Academy.”
Dhlomo, who is passionate about nature conservation, plans to study environmental engineering or ecology at the University of Johannesburg once he raises the bar in the subjects.
His former classmate, Zukhanye May, 19, is also aiming for higher marks.
“Coega offers many opportunities for students who have maths and science as subjects. The CDC Maths and Science Academy offers more time and support. My chances of passing well and excelling are high if I apply myself,” he said.
“The construction and building environments are my interests and I would like to pursue a degree in civil engineering. The possibility of travel and the variety of construction opportunities are what attracted me to the engineering field,” May said.
CDC spokesman Ayanda Vilakazi said the project was initiated after the organisation realised young pupils were unable to apply for tertiary education because of poor matric results.
“Some of these learners lack the funds to improve their skills in mathematics and physical science, and our intervention is focused on helping them achieve success in those subjects so they can enter higher education institutions and further their careers,” Vilakazi said.
Tutors have been recruited to give five- hour classes, four days a week.
The academy opens next month and closes in October. Applicants need to deliver a certified copy of their matric certificate to the Recruitment and Induction Centre in Coega or fax it to (041)404-7301.