Uitenhage learner Sumaiya Moses from Uitenhage High School in the Eastern Cape came out tops in the recent SAIPA | ABASA National Accounting Olympiad. Moses is the top female performer in the category for government schools. Run by the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA), in conjunction with the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of SA (ABASA), the Olympiad is an annual competition that aims to raise greater awareness of becoming a Professional Accountant (SA) as a career choice.
Moses achieved a score of 92.44%, putting her slightly behind fellow government school top performer, Tshepo Phuti Moloto from Pax College in Mashashane, Limpopo, who achieved 92.88%. The top private school performers were Ismaeel Kaka from Pretoria’s Azaadville Muslim School and Dineo Mojapelo from Liberty Community College in Bramley, who scored 88% and 88.88% respectively.
“Winning has made me believe that through hard work and dedication, you can achieve anything,” said Moses, who also credits her teacher, Phillip Joseph, for much of her success.
“Mr Joseph is one of the most dedicated teachers I have ever known, always going the extra mile and ensuring that we attend all available accounting programmes, ‘ she said. “If it was not for his constant support and encouragement, I would not have achieved this honour.”
Explaining why he encouraged his students to enter the Olympiad, Joseph says: “I realised that our learners need to be assessed much more. Twelve of the 15 learners decided to enter and most of them paid their own monies.”
Regarding the secret to their success, he says: “Whenever there is an opportunity, we do a lot of informal activities and we also ensure that they attend additional classes at the Nelson Mandela University.”
“In addition to the outstanding results of this year’s top performers, we as SAIPA and ABASA 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: Sumayia Moses received her award at the SAIPA | ABASA NAO Gala Awards Evening
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