PROTEC – a national non-profit career development programme for high school learners from disadvantaged communities – celebrates 35 years of uplifting education in South Africa this year.
“To honour this milestone, PROTEC past graduates gathered at Alumni functions held in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, “states Balan Moodley, CEO of PROTEC. “We are enormously proud of our students, who are committed to paving a bright career for themselves and who are also determined to make a difference to the future of our country. Our learners achieve excellence, not only because of their consistently hard work during a normal school week, but they also sacrifice Saturdays and holidays to attend PROTEC classes.
“PROTEC’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education programme was established in 1982 in recognition of the need to improve the critical shortage of engineers in South Africa. This programme, which runs in conjunction with provincial education departments, relies entirely on funding from sponsors to support the growth and development of technologically skilled learners throughout the country.
“Impeccable results are achieved by our learners every year, under the guidance of our dedicated tutors. PROTEC 2016 Matriculants from eight permanent branches achieved a 100% pass rate, of which over 80% of pupils were eligible for a Bachelors programme at university. This admirable achievement is testament to hard work and determination to succeed.”
The PROTEC programme begins in Grade 10 and continues through tertiary education and provides support in the early years of the work place. PROTEC also supplies school materials, including stationery and scientific calculators, to help learners cope with difficult financial circumstances.
Learners benefit from academic support, social skills training and career counselling and are also given the opportunity to enjoy work experience and receive assistance in securing bursaries for further studies.