For decades he is known for helping maths and science pupils pass with distinction in the area.


Bushbuckridge maths and science luminary Jerry Mbowane has launched ‘Catch Them Young’ maths and science project through which he will offer free classes to younger students.

“The reason why we want to catch them young is because at most times the foundation

phase is ignored; being grades eight, nine, ten and 11,” he said, adding that starting in Grade 12 was often too late.

Maths luminary Jerry Mbowane launches 'Catch Them Young' project

Mbowane has been teaching afternoon maths and science classes and helping pupils get distinctions for 27 years.

“Now to make it easy for the students and for me, I have decided to give them bursaries while they are still in those foundation stages before Grade 12,” he said.

“They attend free of charge because I am passionate about equipping them. Some of the learners around my area come from poor backgrounds and they cannot afford to pay for the afternoon classes and I can’t let money come in between my project of shaping their future through maths and science empowerment,” said Mbowane.

More than 300 pupils have already enrolled for Mbowane’s Catch Them Young project at his recently opened Caltex Mathematics and Physical science Academy sponsored by Chevron South Africa.

“I expect to have more coming in by January next year,” he said.

(edited by YS, News24)

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