Sacrifice for your studies, top Gauteng matric advises class of 2018 This is content provided by Magna Carta. All opinions and facts are for their account and do not necessarily reflect us. We have edited it a bit. Gauteng’s top Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) 2017 matriculant Esther Shuping had two secret weapons to ensure her success – her mother Puleng Shuping and the brilliant EMSS teachers who helped her secure a clean sweep of straight As. And although Esther begun her B. Pharmacy studies at Wits University earlier this month, she is still chasing her dream of becoming a doctor, and plans to swap to medicine in 2019. Sharing a small informal structure with five other people in Orange Farm made studying difficult, and she had to wait for everyone to go to sleep at night to get some quiet time, but it was worth every minute following
her excellent results, says Esther, 18, who attended Leshata Secondary School. Esther beat out more than 70 fellow matrics at the end of last year to take the top spot in Gauteng in the EMSS programme, scoring 93% for science, 83% for maths and 86% for English. “Those Engen classes prepared me so that by the time I was tackling the same work at school I was already familiar with it. That preparation was vital. Since she was a small child, Esther has wanted to help people and has been fascinated with the inner workings of the human body. “I have always wanted to be a doctor and with my mother behind me, as my number one motivator, I know I will realise my dream,” she says. Adhila Hamdulay, Engen’s Corporate Social Investment Manager, says the company is delighted to see Esther get the chance to pursue her bid to become a doctor. “We are so incredibly proud to see Esther, who epitomises the quality of the young people we work with around the country every year, do so well. Our ultimate reward is to help set them all up to pursue stimulating careers that will change their lives, but also benefit the economy as a whole,” says Hamdulay. The EMSS schools across South Africa run classes in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. They provide a high-quality learning experience, including teaching and educational materials, for learners from Grade 10 to 12. Hamdulay adds that it was extremely gratifying to hear such positive feedback from Esther. “We strongly believe that we have a responsibility to help young people realise their full potential, and we feel enormously privileged to have played a role in her impressive achievements,” she says.