The entries for the SAIPA National Accounting Olympiad will officially close on the 4th of May 2016, leaving schools that have not yet entered a window of 6 working days, says Zobuzwe Ngobese, Marketing and Communications Executive at SAIPA, the South African Institute of Professional Accountants.
“Teachers are encouraged to invite Grade 12 accounting learners who wish to follow a B.COM degree as further study to enter for the competition. Entries are open until 4 May 2016 and a registration fee of R50 per learner applies. There is no limit on the number of entries per school, and schools not able to pay the registration fee are invited to send a motivation letter for consideration. Entry forms as well as information on sponsorship opportunities can be requested from firstname.lastname@example.org,” he says
Great careers start long before learners finish their schooling. Participating in events that show abilities not tested in prescribed curriculum is therefore of utmost importance.
These types of events also provide learners with an additional foot in the door with future employers. It is for this reason that the SAIPA invests substantially in its annual National Accounting Olympiad.
The first round of the 2016 competition is scheduled for 18 May 2016 at the learners’ respective schools. All learners who qualify for the final round will be invited to participate in the final round on 27 July 2016. The final round will determine provincial and national winners in two streams: government and private schools.
The logistics of managing this national competition can be daunting in terms of ensuring that everything runs smoothly. SAIPA has been using the services of Proverto, Educational Publishers, to manage the logistics of the National Accounting Olympiad.
The aim of the SAIPA National Accounting Olympiad is to make Accounting as a subject a preferred choice to all students, and to promote the option of professional accountancy as a sound choice for further study and the pathway towards a financially and personally rewarding entry into employment.
“The SAIPA National Accounting Olympiad 2015 was a great success with the winners excelling on many levels and walking away with valuable prizes. In 2016 the competition will generate provincial and national winners to whom prizes will be awarded during a formal Gala Awards evening towards the end of the year. We always endeavour to keep track of the winners’ progress throughout their tertiary education to ensure that our intervention is continuous and sustainable and not just a once-off event,” concludes Ngobese.
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