The five year old operating after school care group in Mamelodi West has achieved 76% in their matric results. The results were announced this morning. “Normally what we do with matric students, in April we help them with applications for universities and in June we have tutoring for all the subjects including life skills, we help them with exam preparations, give them previous question papers and help them with different subjects”, said the Branch Coordinator, Neo Rakoma.
She added that it has been a challenge for their classes to continue since they were clashing with Saturday/SIP classes from the learners schools and also students had to attend both their school classes and ikanva programs. “We didn’t want to compete with the schools because they have their own Mandate but when they attend SIP then it takes a bit of our program’s time, so we then do sessions during the week or winter holidays and exam period because that’s when we get most of their time, so we do more catch up of work”, Neo Rakoma.
The school expected more although they have received 76% that made them proud for the student’s hard work. They plan to have the structure changed for the class of 2018, to have more time with the matric students so it won’t clash with their extra classes at school and make a structure that suit them.
“My year was very hard, I’ve lost few people that I loved but I got over it and the only thing in mind was to study and passing my matric. It was the only way I could pass. It’s different from what I’ve expected but God knows why and I’m planning to upgrade. I’m proud of my self because not a lot of people I know made it”, said one of the students, Dimpho Mokwena. She added that there’s no way they can all make it at once, the fact that others didn’t make it doesn’t mean they are failures and it only means that they made a mistake that they can fix.
The school recruit students from Grade 11 and continues with them to Grade 12. Last year, 2016, they had about 55 Grade 11 meaning that they already expecting more matric students in the class of 2018 and they are hoping for 98% pass rate next year. “We encouraging more students to come and attend at Ikamva Youth Centre, I believe that most of the learners does not get enough lessons and that causes average pass rates that we can’t be happy about” said Neo Rakoma .
Students were offered free counselling, mostly those who didn’t make it and those who need guidance as well. Mpokeng Modise, a trainee Psychologist from UNISA volunteered to assist the students and she’s said that she’s available for everyone and everywhere in Mamelodi. The school facilities is sponsored by Coca-Cola South Africa.
By: Fortunate Machaba