Despite missed school days and the added stress of lockdown, Engen Maths and Science School (EMSS) learner, Kauthar Floris scooped seven distinctions and an 89% average for matric. An alumnus of Claremont High School in Cape Town, Kauthar achieved 90% for Maths and 94% for Science. The Athlone-resident plans to study Medicine at the University of Stellenbosch this year so that she can follow her dream of becoming of doctor. 

Kauthar, says staying motivated with no personal contact with friends and teachers, and only online learning during lockdown and having all matric events cancelled was challenging.   

“We only got one practice exam before final exams, which was extremely stressful, but luckily the mock exams prepared me well for final exams,” comments Kauthar. Living by the philosophy that there is no such thing as failure, only steps leading to success, Kauthar says she comes from “a very supportive family who also encouraged and motivated her.” 

Kauthar’s advice for the matric class of 2021 is to never underestimate the power of doing small tasks every day. “This will help you finish your workload in time as well reduce stress in future. Never be too hard on yourself, always try your best. Stay positive and hopeful.” 

Kauthar, says attending Engen Maths and Science Saturday classes in grade 11 and 12 provided her with additional support and resources such as textbooks, worksheets and tutors.  

“EMSS provides quality education and support. They encourage and reward hard work and the programme is a great way to stay focused and motivated.” 

Engen’s long-running Engen Maths and Science School programme offers supplementary Maths, Science and English tuition to underprivileged grade 10-12 learners. The long-running Engen Maths and Science School programme offers supplementary Maths, Science and English tuition to underprivileged grade 10-12 learners.  

Saturday classes are held at nine locations across South Africa, including: Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Cala and Johannesburg, and in KwaZulu-Natal at Fairvale High School, Ganges High School, Howard College, and Mangosuthu University of Technology. 

The 2020 Engen Maths and Science School matric class attained an impressive 84% overall pass rate of which 63% attained bachelor passes, versus the broader South African matric pass rate of 76.2%.  

Engen’s General Manager: Corporate Strategy and Communications, Khalid Latiff explains that the EMSS programme focuses specifically on providing extra tuition in “gateway” subjects such as mathematics and science, which are considered critical in addressing the country’s technical and engineering skills shortage as well as spurring economic growth and development.  

“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,” comments Latiff. 

“Starting off as Engen Saturday Schools, 33 years ago, Engen Maths and Science Schools are central to our skills development efforts and to help build the human capital of the future.  

“The programme has worked tirelessly to transform young lives and has, we believe, made a meaningful contribution to a more transformed and vibrant South African workforce.” 

Latiff says the company is incredibly proud of Kauthar Floris and all the learners who completed matric in 2020, especially under a difficult set of circumstances. 

“Our ultimate reward is to help set them all up to pursue stimulating careers that won’t only benefit them personally, but also the broader macro economy of South Africa. 

Engen, congratulates Kauthar and the Engen Maths and Science School class of 2020 and offers a well-deserved round of applause to all the learners and teachers. 



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