Pretoria student, Ismaeel Kaka from Azaadville Muslim School in Azaadville, Pretoria, came out tops in the recent SAIPA | ABASA National Accounting Olympiad. Kaka is the top male performer in the category for independent schools. The Olympiad, run by the South African Institute of Professional Accountants, in conjunction with the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of South Africa (ABASA) is an annual competition that aims to raise greater awareness of becoming a Professional Accountant (SA) as a career choice.
Kaka achieved a score of 88%, putting him on a par with fellow Gauteng independent school top female performer, Dineo Nicoline Mojapelo from Liberty Community College in Bramley, Johannesburg, and slightly behind government school performers Phuti Tshepo Moloto From Pax College in Mashashane, Limpopo, who scored 92.88% and Sumaiya Moses from Uitenhage High School in the Eastern Cape who achieved 92.44%.
“Winning this Olympiad has shown me that I can achieve great things with the help of God and those around me,” said Grade 12 learner Kaka. “My accounting teacher, Tasneem Ismail, has put a lot of effort into teaching us accounting. I cannot forget the impact that my parents and all of my teachers have had on my life.”
A long-time supporter of the Olympiad, Kaka’s teacher Tasneem Ismail says she found the experience of taking part in the Olympiad is very beneficial to learners. “I therefore encourage my learners to be part of this. It takes a lot of motivation during the first round to actually get learners to take on this opportunity but it is all worthwhile in the end,” Kaka said.
On what she did to help produce a top performer like Kaka, she says: “In my classroom I try to develop a good work ethic. I ensure that the classroom time is used optimally and there is constant application of learnt knowledge. That’s why, from an application perspective, the Olympiad is such an important thing for learners to take part in.”
“In addition to the outstanding results of our top performers, we are delighted with the overall performance of the many thousands of learners who took part in this year’s competition,” said Navin Lalsab, Accreditation, Compliance and Development Executive for SAIPA.
As part of the Olympiad, all entrants are given study guides that help the learners in their schoolwork and preparation for final examinations. “Learners who perform well in Accounting are more likely to pursue it as a career option, so part of our aim is to ensure that they are as well prepared as they can possibly be for their exams,” said Lalsab.
“Given the scarcity of those who’re qualified as Professional Accountant (SA) and the importance of mathematics and accounting, SAIPA and ABASA commit to continuing, through the Olympiad, to promote professional accountancy as an attractive option for school leavers.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Ismaeel Kaka received his award at the SAIPA | ABASA NAO Gala Awards Evening
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