Engineer devotes time for SA’s future

2010-04-14 00:00

WHILE most people would never consider offering free community services, engineering devotee Surendra Dhilraj is offering free maths tuition classes.

Dhilraj’s offer comes as a result of a story in an engineering magazine, which said South African engineering experts are setting their sights on foreign jobs, leaving the country’s engineering field depleted.

“A lot of specialists leave because of financial and personal gains. They earmark overseas companies as their ultimate destinations and I do believe we can transform South Africa to meet those standards and beyond. All we need is passion and time to teach our children.

“Not every child is gifted to solve equations and intricate calculations. In fact, I have discovered that a lot of the students dislike the subjects so much because they take learning as a chore rather than a hobby, and that is where the problem starts.

“I am not an expert and I am not saying that I am better than other school teachers. I believe I am an eloquent person and have the ability to put information across in a way that is more understandable,” said Dhilraj.

He owes his passion and teaching talent to Sunil Chuttergoon, former senior engineering lecturer at Northdale Technical College.

“There was grace and passion in whatever he did. All the students had a hunger for his classes, and that is what I want these youngsters to experience,” he said.

Dhilraj’s love for engineering lured him into his current position as a senior control officer at Msunduzi Municipality.

He holds an N6 Electrical Engineering Diploma and currently offers Saturday maths classes for pupils from grade three to seven at Orient Primary School.

“I am proud that there is progress with the Orient Primary students. My mission is to see students excel in school, at tertiary level and beyond that. As South African citizens, we have the responsibility to groom our children and make them experts in our own country. It is imperative to empower young minds towards the strengthening of this country. South Africa has the ability to produce extraordinary scientists such as Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton,” said Dhilraj.

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