Vision AfriKa held the first of a planned series of termly parents’ meetings in early February in order to discuss learners’ progress and find ways to encourage them to stick with the programme.
The get-together was also the first opportunity that parents of the new intake of Grade 8 students had had a chance to meet Grade coordinators following the selection process last month.
The educational development NGO’s staff presented the parents’ group with 2016 progress reports for each student year and likewise discussed general concerns. A key challenge across each year group was that learners often either submitted their academic work late or failed to do so at all.
The parents were also given a time each week for their children’s study groups, which included 18.00 to 20.00 on Tuesdays for Grade 11s and the same time on Wednesdays for Grade 10s. They then agreed to meet every term to discuss each Grade’s progress, unless a larger gathering was deemed necessary to deal with wider group issues.
It was agreed that this approach would enable parents to get to know staff better and provide them with more opportunities for discussing any issues freely.