NWU Vaal School of Accounting makes its impact felt in Free State Province

Annette Willemse -- Mon, 02/02/2015 - 16:12

NWU Vaal School of Accounting makes its impact felt in Free State Province

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 involvement towards teacher development during the 2014 school year.

In a statement released by Mrs MLL Rambuda, from the Free State Department of Education, the School of Accounting contributed “immensely” to the Fezile Dabi District’s achievement of 81% in Accounting during the National Senior Certificate examination in 2014.  Not only did the district managed to achieve the best results for accounting in the Free State province, but also the second best in South Africa. The Fezile Dabi District encapsulates the former Northern Free State region. 

One of the workshops during the 2014 school year Prof Heleen Janse van Vuuren addressing some of the teachers

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 of 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.

“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.

The intervention took the form of workshops and discussion forums twice a week.

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 2015. “In 2014 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.

* The School of Accounting Sciences is set within the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology.

Director of the School of Accounting Sciences, Prof Heleen Janse van Vuuren Executive Dean of the Faculty, Prof Herman van der Merwe