Accounting intervention pays dividends
The School of Accounting Sciences on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), has received special acknowledgement from the Free State Department of Education for its continued involvement towards teacher development during the 2015 school year.
This comes after the Fezile Dabi District (encapsulating the former Northern Free State region) achieved an 82% pass rate in Accounting during the National Senior Certificate examination – making the District the best performing in Accounting both provincially and nationally. The provincial pass rate was set as 74%.
In a statement released by Moleboheng Rambuda, Programme Coordinator at the District Teacher Development Centre, the time and energy put into the NWU Vaal’s accounting intervention programme represent the keys to the District’s achievements. “The School of Accounting Sciences has made a great impact on our communities by uplifting educators and learners. Through this intervention a proud culture of achievement has been vested. I am forever grateful to the Campus for their unyielding support,” says Rambuda.
According to Prof Herman van der Merwe, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology, the outcome of this initiative – run solely by volunteering academic staff from the School of Accounting Sciences, is not only commendable but also bears testament to the Campus’s commitment towards excellence. “The staff from the School of Accounting Sciences offered their time and skills without asking for any additional remuneration or even charging the participating schools a fee, and I am pleased to say that their hard work yielded unparalleled success,” says Prof Van der Merwe.
|Prof Herman van der Merwe||Prof Heleen Janse van Vuuren|
More about the intervention programme
The intervention programme has been implemented since 2014 and the results speak volumes. The programme takes the form of workshops and discussion forums as well as a short Winter School.
“As accounting professionals, we are passionate about our subject and as such we decided to make our impact felt and help to better the end-of-year results in underperforming schools,” explains Prof Heleen Janse van Vuuren, the Director of the School of Accounting Sciences.
She furthermore states that many of the schools within the Fezile Dabi District are situated in rural areas and some of them had a 0% pass rate for accounting during the 2013 National Senior Certificate examination. According to Prof Janse van Vuuren, the Campus is set to continue this initiative to empower accounting educators to better assist their learners. “One of the issues that was identified is the lack of sufficient training for educators, especially with regards to the accounting curriculum,” says Prof Van Vuuren.
More work to be done
“We are grateful that our combined efforts and teamwork paid off,” says Prof Janse van Vuuren and adds that more still needs to be done in 2016. “In 2015 our focus was to help the teachers as quickly and efficiently as we could to up the performance of the learners, but this year we wish to formalise the training process and by doing so add value to the teachers’ academic qualifications,” says Prof Janse van Vuuren.
During the course of the year the School of Accounting Sciences will host a Winter School for both grade 11 and 12 learners, as well as its annual Bean Counting Day. The latter – in conjunction with the NWU Career Centre, aims to educate learners about the different career possibilities within the field of accounting.