Disappointing matric results? Here are your options…

Disappointing matric results? Here are your options…

YES YOU CAN still achieve your dreams of earning a dignified living and becoming financially independent!

Last week, the Department of Education released the national matric results for the class of 2018. IkamvaYouth announced a provisional matric pass rate of 81% and celebrations have been taking place at branches across the country. Chances are, you may be pleased with your results, and may even have received your final confirmation of acceptance at your chosen tertiary institution. If this is you, CONGRATS!

 

If you haven’t done as well as you’d hoped though, don’t worry- It’s not the end of the world. Failing matric or not getting accepted at university doesn’t mean the end of your journey towards earning a dignified living and becoming financially independent. You have a number of options available to you:

  • Re-marking/re-checking your exam scripts
  • June NSC exam (previously supplementary exams)
  • Re-doing your matric
  • Vocational training options/ learnerships

 

Re-marking/re-checking

Firstly, perhaps you were quite surprised by the results you received, and feel the results are not a true reflection of your performance, it might be worth getting your paper/s re-checked or re-marked. You can request to have your scripts re-checked or re-marked at your school (see detailed instructions on the reverse side of your Statement of Results) or on the eGov portal, at www.eservices.gov.za. The deadline for manual requests for a re-check/re-mark is 18 January 2019, AND 20 January 2019 for online applications. Please be advised that the cost per subject, of a re-mark is R105.00 and R25.00 for a re-check.

 

June NSC exam (previously supplementary exams)

Another option available to you is to register to write the May/June NSC exams. These exams have replaced what was previously known as Supplementary Exams, which were written in February/March. This means that you have more time to prepare for the exams, so be sure to make use of this time! The June NSC exams allows candidates to re-write as many subjects as they need, including failed subjects or subjects they just wish to improve. The deadline for registration for the NSC June exams is 31 January 2019. Please CLICK HERE to access the Department of Education website for further details about the June NSC exams.

 

Re-doing your matric

If you feel you may not be prepared to write the June NSC exams, but are still determined to complete your matric, you can opt to re-enroll for the NSC as a full time candidate. Rather than simply registering with the Department and aiming to study for the end of year exams on your own, It’s really important that you find a school or institution where you can attend classes and receive support during the year. There are a number of institutions you can go to that offer support with re-doing matric, the following are just a few to get you started on your search (Check out THIS article for more!):

Institution Location Contact
St Francis Adult Education Centre Cape Town CLICK HERE for the website
Gadra Education Grahamstown CLICK HERE for the website
KZN Matric Excellence Durban 031 373 6391
Damelin Correspondence Multiple locations CLICK HERE for the website
Second Chance Matric Programme National CLICK HERE for the website

 

Vocational options/ Learnerships

Pursuing studies at a TVET college is a great option for students interested in vocational qualifications. Some TVET colleges don’t require a matric! For a list of all the Public TVET colleges in South Africa, CLICK HERE.

Learnerships are a great way to gain a post-matric qualification, while gaining valuable on-the-job training. Requirements for learnerships vary, so it’s important to check if you qualify before applying. CLICK HERE for more information about learnerships, and browse available learnerships HERE.

 

Central Applications Clearing House

The task of searching for alternative opportunities in January can be quite daunting. Especially after not managing to get accepted at the institutions you may have applied to last year! Thankfully, the Department of Higher Education and Training has established a Central Application Service, which is aimed at making this process simpler. The service “aims to match applicants’ exam results and study preferences with places that need to be filled” at various institutions. To sign up for this service, CLICK HERE.

Even if your matric results weren’t as great as you’d hoped, there are many alternative routes to achieving your dreams. And remember, IkamvaYouth is here to help you every step of the way!

 

Class of 2018 Matric Results: Changing the future of learners through quality results

Class of 2018 Matric Results: Changing the future of learners through quality results

Overjoyed IkamvaYouth’s top achiever Simthembile, shows off her results on the recently held Matric Day celebrations

In its 16th year of operation, IkamvaYouth is proud to announce a provisional matric pass rate of 81% with a 68% tertiary eligibility for its class of 2018. This is a great achievement compared to averages of the schools these learners attend, which sits at 76% matric pass rate with 58% learners eligible for tertiary. Close to 500 learners were enrolled in the IkamvaYouth matric class of 2018, across five provinces in South Africa!

IkamvaYouth provides after-school academic support to learners attending high schools in townships. In 2018, IkamvaYouth provided academic support to over 3,500 learners in Gauteng, KZN, North West, Eastern Cape and Western Cape townships. IkamvaYouth’s mission is to ensure that learners living in disadvantaged communities not only pass Grade 12 but also go on to access a post-school opportunity (e.g. university, college or a job) that enables them to earn a dignified living.

Every year, IkamvaYouth learners’ results far exceed those of their feeder schools and township averages, as the reality of the Basic Education system in South Africa remains that 50% of learners don’t make it to matric.The Gauteng region led this year’s pack of achievers with a combined 86% pass rate. Established in 2017, our Diepsloot branch, hosted its inaugural matric cohort. The branch has achieved a stellar 100% pass rate with a whopping 94% tertiary eligibility!

This success comes despite the many challenges the Diepsloot community faces. In Diepsloot (similar to many townships in the country) there is a clear need for the IkamvaYouth programme. Comparative studies reflect the disparity between education accessed by privileged white learners in suburbs and those in townships. There are great differences in performance and for most learners in the township, reaching matric is an accomplishment. Research conducted by the Gauteng Department of Education in 2015 highlights that Diepsloot has some of the most underperforming high schools in Gauteng in terms of its matric maths pass rate; with less than 10% of learners achieving high enough marks for university entry.

Maria Masonganye, who attended IkamvaYouth’s Diepsloot branch obtained a Bachelor pass and intends to study at the acclaimed Wits University this year. Maria joined IkamvaYouth while doing Grade 11, she said, “The programme made me realise that working hard pays off and isn’t a waste of my time. I am glad that I joined IkamvaYouth because it resulted in my marks improving. I learnt that with education I can do anything I want to, that nothing is impossible for me. You can change the world with education!” IkamvaYouth relies on the support of many committed volunteers to implement its high impact programme. Sipho Dlamini, a tutor in Diepsloot said he has found IkamvaYouth to be a great platform to express oneself. “I love seeing people progress in life and want to do to more unto others. It takes a village to raise a child and I am a part of this village!”

On the 100% pass rate, he said: “I am very proud of the learners, they’ve worked hard. Peer learning has played a significant role in the success of the branch.” While IkamvaYouth in Joza township in Makhanda, Eastern Cape achieved a whopping 82% pass rate, far surpassing the provincial average of 71%.

Anesipho Pama, who attended Ntsika Secondary School has been a part of the IkamvaYouth programme since she was in grade 10. She has passed her matric with a Bachelor pass, earning two distinctions – in IsiXhosa Home Language and Life Orientation. It was not an easy journey. Anesipho shared that the distance between her school and the IkamvaYouth branch location at times made it difficult for her to reach the branch. However, she says that with hard work and commitment she was able to make it through.

Anesipho has been accepted to study towards a BCom Accounting degree at Rhodes University. When asked what her inspiration has been, she says that her family gave her the strength and motivation to work hard. Having access to knowledgeable tutors also assisted her in her academic journey. She had a great time being a part of the IkamvaYouth family and she says she will definitely come back to volunteer as a tutor in 2019. Her advice to those entering matric this year is to study hard and to start early. For those joining the programme for the first time, she expressed that they ought to use the opportunity that is provided to them to the fullest.

IkamvaYouth’s Western Cape region scored a 79% matric pass rate, with the Kuyasa branch boasting the highest number of distinction passes obtained – totaling 28! We look forward to seeing many of these high achievers making a mark in the next chapter of their lives!

Our KZN and North West regions respectively achieved 79% and 73% pass rates.

Executive Director at IkamvaYouth Lungile Zakwe said: “We are proud of the great effort that has been put in by our learners and tutors and the incredible results speak to our focus on impact. Many young lives have been positively changed through their academic achievements.” Patrick Mashanda, who is the Programme Manager said: “It is inspiring to observe that we are attaining such a pass rate from a pool of learners who join the programme most of the time struggling with most of their subjects. We do not select learners based on marks, but open up the programme to all township learners, as we are sure learners who are struggling need the help most.

High spirited learners from the Diepsloot branch celebrated their 100% matric pass rate

Through the inspirational learning environment that we create at our branches, learners are inspired, and indeed take the future into their own hands; developing a culture of learning. We are continuously encouraged in that we are successfully giving township learners a good footing to opportunities and pathways to dignified lives against all odds!”

Every year since 2005 (IkamvaYouth’s first matric cohort), ikamvanites achieve matric pass rates of between 80-100%. In 2018, 81% of the 2017 cohort accessed post-school opportunities which include tertiary placement, learnerships, employment, and upgrading matric.IkamvaYouth’s work would not be possible without the commitment of our tutors, funders, and supporters. We would also like to send a big shout out to our biggest donors for 2018: Coca Cola Beverages of South Africa, Omidyar Network, Estee Lauder Charitable Foundation, The ELMA Foundation, Capitec Foundation, Cargill and many others.

Shining the light on our Volunteer Tutors! | 2018 Tutor Appreciation Event

Shining the light on our Volunteer Tutors! | 2018 Tutor Appreciation Event

Finally, we have reached the last academic term of the year and after all the hard work from our learners, volunteers and staff, this is a very special time designated to celebrate the commitment and the value of paying-it-forward demonstrated by our volunteers!

Our Western Cape region recently held its tutor appreciation event and what an honour it was to have all our regional volunteers in one place and shining the light on the amazing work and impact they have achieved this year – which certainly doesn’t go unnoticed. Scores of over 130  volunteers were in attendance and even our Executive Director, Lungile had the pleasure of meeting these amazing and talented tutors, who are the heart of IkamvaYouth!

“I am honoured to lead a vibrant army of young people who are banging the drum of change; one maths question at a time! Our army of tutors give their time voluntarily  – as one of our volunteers said recently: ‘we need to build each other up in order to move forward as one’”, she said.

At IkamvaYouth, we love and value our volunteers, whose commitment makes our programme sustainable. Every year our volunteer support saves the organisation over R6m. Our volunteers, many of whom are previous learners, who have transformed from beneficiaries to benefactors have been trained to be able to deliver an effective tutoring programme which ensures that our learners succeed academically.

Throughout this year, tutors worked in small groups and provided academic support to our learners who brought in work that they are struggling with to the tutoring sessions. IkamvaYouth’s volunteer tutors, certainly play a much more bigger role than just tutoring; as they deal with students from similar and different backgrounds. They build strong, personal relationships with each learner and this is always visible at tutoring sessions.

Sharing about the support received from tutors, Grade 10 learner, Lesedi said: “I’ve been struggling with Maths and Physical Science and Daniel helped me to understand the concepts and now I am doing very well in the two subjects. He went an extra mile for me by scheduling extra classes outside of tutoring sessions. He is a great source of motivation, he always encourages me to be the best that I can be and not allow my circumstance determine my future. He is a good role model, because he is striving to do good even when times are tough!”

At the event, certificates were awarded a few of the many exceptional tutors who generously donate their time. Their high level of commitment and engagement that contributes to the success of our vision and mission was illuminated in their high spirits.  The awardees included: Inganathi from our Nyanga branch, who took home the highest tutor attendance award; while Marilee from our Atlantis branch and Thembisile also from Nyanga, received long service awards. The top achiever of the evening was Doctor –  who tutors at the Kuyasa Branch, he was crowned the best tutor, this award was voted for by learners and other tutors.

Asked how he felt about this achievement, Doctor said the following:

“Firstly, I’d like to clarify that we as tutors are all equal and no one is doing a better job than the other. Receiving the best tutor award for me shows how much you are appreciated and valued both by learners and tutors, it means those extra miles we go are noticed and that is a motivation to me to continue paying it forward!”

Without your support and that of our volunteers, we would not have had the opportunity to assist over 2,000 learners at the 17 IkamvaYouth branches, to reach their academic goals and get into post-school institutions – ensuring more young people are set on the path to earning a dignified living.

Thank you for your continued support!

Protecting young girls and keeping them at school, by: Future Booi

Protecting young girls and keeping them at school, by: Future Booi

We are sharing this blog with you, written by Future Booi, one of our many Ikamvanites who wants to change the world. Help make her dreams possible by supporting her and other young people in our programme.

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My name is Future Booi and I am nineteen years old. I live with my single mother and sister, who is 21 years old.

My goal and vision are to make a change in the world. There was a young girl whom I have chosen to name Lizzy, to protect her identity.  She lived with her mother and grandmother. Lizzy had physical special needs and she was partially blind. Her mother abused her physically and I think this was due to her mother’s alcohol abuse. Lizzy cried every day and was sad most of the time. There were times they didn’t have food; my mother would give what she could as she knew Lizzy’s mother was unemployed and the odd jobs she was getting every now and then were not enough as she used some of it for drinking. The only person who tried by means to care for Lizzy was her grandmother who eventually died. The situation escalated when Lizzy’s mother passed on too, after some years. I still recall how difficult life was for her at that age.

My mother was supportive, ensured she was safe and made sure her basic needs were met. My mother also took it upon herself to find Lizzy’s other relatives as she had been left all alone upon losing her mom and grandmother. Eventually, my mother was successful in tracking down her aunty. The day her aunt came to take her to live with her, was the last day I saw her. I vowed to myself that, I want to make a difference, to change the lives of other young girls, girls in my community, having witnessed Lizzy’s difficult childhood, I vowed to make a difference in young girls’ lives. To care for young girls who have been abused and abandoned by their parents.

I would like to build a home for kids who have been abused, abandoned and/or orphaned. I want to make a change in their lives and give them hope. I would like for them to have a chance at rebuilding themselves, a chance to heal emotionally and this would require a specialized panel of counsellors and psychologists.  I also believe in educating the young, I would also like to have their education fully funded, a guaranteed success for a bright future. They deserve to know their worth and for their dreams to come true.

Today, these communities I live in are still facing the same problem of children being abused like Lizzy and they are too scared to speak about what they are going through. It might be because they don’t have a person they can trust and talk to about the situation and it could also be that they don’t know how to communicate their feelings. In our culture, it is so unfortunate that children are almost not allowed to voice their feelings and concerns and this is especially worse for girls because we are exposed to patriarchy. This makes it even harder when attending a government school that focuses only on academics and very minimal, if at all, on emotions and feelings.  Girls nowadays are targets and they are easily attacked. This is what makes this goal relevant today. Young girls need to be protected and cared for. This goes beyond academics and education in general. Lizzy was young and naïve but I’m sure what she went through then still affects her now. And I cannot help but wonder if she ever got the help she needed in order for her to heal emotionally and physically, she endured so much abuse from her own mother. Presently in our society, there are many girls like Lizzy who are going through the same or are in a similar situation. I just hope that my goal becomes a reality, if it does not put an end to this terrible ordeal, I hope it inspires other women to come to the realization that we need to protect female children.

Women abuse is a serious matter in South Africa and something must be done to stop this. Girls need to feel safe and they need to be loved not violated by men. We don’t deserve to be treated this way, we deserve better.

Girls that share the same story, like Lizzy, are out there and they exist, they just need a person that is willing to help them heal emotionally and mentally.

In order to make this work and make it possible, I think me studying psychology will help in making this dream possible and I believe that this scholarship will make my goal possible.

Here’s a little bit more about me……

I love being around people and I enjoy meeting new people. I was raised to respect both old and young. I am a God fearing young lady and very religious. I value education, I believe it is very important in one’s life. I respect and love myself and I appreciate the person I’ve become. I was born and raised in Uitenhage and I attended primary school there, I then moved to Cape Town in 2013 December to study at Ocean View Secondary. I am currently doing grade 12. My mother is a domestic worker.

I believe I am unique and versatile. I am a strong young woman and I can take on any challenges that come my way. Most of all, I have been blessed with the gift of giving and this gift has been the main reason I have these goals and dreams I need to fulfil. In my upbringing, I witnessed struggles besides my own and at the time I was only nine years old and I could not do anything about it. These same struggles gave birth to my dream and changed the way of thinking and challenged me to become a better person in the world.

Written by Future Booi

IkamvaYouth secures 81% placements for its class of 2017!

IkamvaYouth secures 81% placements for its class of 2017!

In January, IkamvaYouth was excited to announce a pass rate of 84.7%, surpassing the national pass rate of 75.1%! In the midst of this excitement however, there’s always the anxiety around securing post-matric placements that will set these young superheroes on the path to earning a dignified living and lifting themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty. IkamvaYouth is proud to announce a placement rate of 81% for the class of 2017:

  • 55%  have secured post-school placements (44% are studying in tertiary, 6% are in learnerships/employment, and 6% are enrolled in short courses, higher certificates and related short term trainings)
  • 31% are improving/upgrading their matric
  • 19% are considered not in education, employment, or training (NEETs)

We are extremely proud of the increase in the number of Ikamvanites who accessed tertiary this year (206 compared to 139 from the 2016 cohort). The Ikamvanites enrolled in tertiary are studying at universities and universities of technology across the country, the majority pursuing Business, Administration, & Management (15%); Humanities & Social Sciences(13%); and Engineering studies (13%). Our Atlantis branch had its first cohort of matriculants in 2017. One of them, Iviwe Meyi (currently studying Occupational Therapy at UWC), had this to say:

“IkamvaYouth really assisted me in a big way! Firstly, I didn’t even know what I wanted to study, but my mentor from Green Cape assisted me in finding a career aligned not only to potential but also my interests and abilities. I didn’t even know what Occupational Therapy was, up until she shared information on it. When we attended Open days, I had the opportunity to do more research on admission requirements, funding options, and university life and it was an enlightening experience. Not only did IkamvaYouth assist me with tertiary applications but they assisted me with NBT tests and funding options and I am currently a beneficiary of NSFAS. The after-school classes assisted me in obtaining the 2nd position in the class’ top 10 at the end of the year and I am thankful for all the opportunities IY brought my way!”

As access to tertiary is not the only challenge learners are faced with upon passing matric, IkamvaYouth strives to ensure that Ikamvanites secure funding to cover their tuition as well as other study related costs. IkamvaYouth was excited at announcement made by the former president last year, that free tertiary education would be phased in this year. Of the Ikamvanites who accessed tertiary, 50% have secured funding, mostly through NSFAS (39%).

Even though tertiary education has become free, securing bursaries is still important, as many of these bursaries, such as the Moshal Scholarship Programme open up even more opportunities for students as they form supportive communities that ensure success in university. We are therefore are particularly proud of the following Ikamvanites who managed to secure bursaries/scholarships:

  • Aviwe Zono from  the Makhaza branch who received an Asset Bursary to study Public Administration at CPUT.
  • Zandile Mkhize from the Chesterville branch who received a bursary from Boston College to study Media studies
  • Siyabonga Mthethwa from Ebony Park who received a bursary from Gauteng City Region Academy to study Actuarial Sciences at Wits
  • Florence Nyirenda from Masiphumelele who received a McKinnon bursary to study chemistry at UCT
  • Yolanda Dube from Ebony Park who received a bursary from the Thuthuka Bursary fund to study Accounting at the University of Pretoria
  • Likhanyo Rode from Makhaza who received a SASOL bursary to study Chemical Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch
  • Three learners received university entrance bursaries from North-West University:
    • Neelan Voorby from Mahikeng, who is studying Accounting
    • Kgotso Moroenyane and Karabo Masilo from Ikageng are both studying Actuarial Sciences
  • Seven learners managed to secure the prestigious Moshal Scholarship this year:

Thobani Khumalo from Chesterville, studying Accounting at UKZN

Ashleigh Mwendauya from Ebony Park, pursuing a general B.Sc degree at Stellenbosh

Boitumelo Lefophana, also from Ebony Park, studying Geological science at Wits

Siphelele Mzongwana from Kuyasa, studying medicine at Wits

Bongeka Sigoso from Makhaza, studying microbiology at the University of Free State

Andile Ndlovu from Umlazi studying Pharmacy at UKZN

Through their hard work and dedication, as well as the support of branch staff and volunteers, these learners are indeed taking the future into their own hands, and on their way to earning a dignified living. Thobani, one of the Moshal Scholarship recipients had this to say:

‘’I am currently studying B Com Accounting and would like to appreciate the founders of IkamvaYouth for changing the society for the better. I would also like to appreciate all IY KZN staff for motivating us and making it possible for us to maximize our academic potential. I would also like to thank Moshal Scholarship for partnering with IY, I do not think otherwise I would have gotten such an opportunity.’’

Congratulations to all the Ikamvanites on your journey so far, we can’t wait to witness all your awesome future achievements! A huge thank you to all the IkamvaYouth staff members and volunteers, who have invested significant time in ensuring the learners have mentors, attend career and university open days, and apply for placement opportunities. The unwavering support of our funders and all partners continues to make the journeys to dignified living for our learners is greatly appreciated. As more and more township learners access post-school opportunities, we are confident they are breaking the cycle of poverty in their families and communities one step at time