On Saturday the 11th of May, the Masi branch held our first Parent Meeting for the 2013. The overwhelming response by the parents proved that they all shared great interest in their children’s future at Ikamva and beyond. Parents and tutors, who attended, were treated to refreshments upon arrival, which were prepared by Masi staff and Branch Com members.

We kick started the morning by doing an Icebreaker, depicting what it is exactly that we do with the learners. Johnlyn Tromp, branch coordinator explained that learners are often lethargic and demotivated when they arrive at IY after a long day at school. In this way, they gain a second breath and the focus is on learning in a fun environment. The parents loved it! Shupai Mchuchu, branch assistance presented the IY structure to the parents; which was more beneficial for the new parents.

This was followed by a discussion on the role of the parents as part of Ikamva, to ensure that they play a big role in their children’s lives at Ikamva; to encourage regular attendance; to encourage independent study and to assure that their Matriculants, have applied to a tertiary institution. We had a lengthy discussion around kick outs, what it entails and how disadvantageous it is for a learner. All parents understood and are happy to be more involved to ensure that they are children won’t be kicked out. Important matters, such as explaining the Code system was instrumental in clarifying any confusion when parents receive their childrens’ reports.

Masiphumelele branch is intent on gaining high results this year. In an attempt to encourage transparency, we discussed the first term learner results and discussed how we can work together to attain better results. The floor was then opened in order for parents to make suggestions or bring up concerns. There were many questions from our new parents and our old parents were happy to answer. The Ikamva staff also answered them to their satisfaction.  Lastly, parents were invited to view their child’s attendance for the first term and IY staff was on hand to answer their questions.

We wish to express our gratitude towards parents and tutors who attended and showed interest in the children’s future.

                        Let’s all keep up the good work for our learners and their future!