NWU’s accounting intervention for schools: from underachievers to top of the class

Belinda Bantham -- Fri, 02/01/2019 - 12:32

NWU’s accounting intervention for schools: from underachievers to top of the class

In 2015, several schools in the Fezile Dabi Education District (Northern Free State) had a 0% pass rate for accounting during the NSC examination.

Today, by means of an intervention programme by the North-West University (NWU), the District not only boasts the number one spot in the province, but also nationally. The latter was also achieved in 2018.

In his response to the announcement of the District’s standing, Dr Vusi Chuta, Fezile Dabi District director, applauded the NWU’s campus in Vanderbijlpark for its commitment towards this fruitful partnership.

New year, new challenge

In 2019, this successful intervention programme will don a new jacket and be known as the NWU Sedibeng Accounting Project.

The Sedibeng Education District is made up of two parts, namely: Sedibeng East (D7) and Sedibeng West (D8). Together these parts include the following areas: Daleside, Heidelberg, Henley-On-Klip, Jameson Park, Meyerton, Rensburgdorp, Rotanda, Sharpevill, Vereeniging, Walkerville, Evaton, Loch Vaal, Vanderbijlpark, Sebokeng, Palm Springs, Bophelong, Boipatong and Evaton.

According to Beitske van der Niet, a lecturer in the School of Accounting Sciences and programme coordinator, this year the project will specifically focus on skills training for accounting educators responsible for Grade 10 to 12 learners. This will in turn contribute towards the overall performance of the learners during the NSC examination. It is foreseen that more than 40 educators will take part in the workshops that will be hosted at the campus in Vanderbijlpark on Saturdays.

Staff committed towards making an impact

According to Beitske the colleagues from the School of Accounting Sciences are fully committed to the project and proudly champion it by feely giving their time and sharing their expertise with the educators.

Beitske believes that learners will only be inspired to love accounting if they first understand the fundamentals of the subject. “Through this initiative we aim to empower educators to champion the subject and by doing so empower the next generation of accounting professions,” she says. This will in turn contribute proactively towards addressing the dire need for qualified professional accountants and other financial experts in South Africa.