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UKZN hosts SAICA Development Camp

2013/07/12 04:46:00 PM

About 260 Grade 12 pupils from disadvantaged schools in KwaZulu-Natal attended the South African Institute of Charted Accountants (SAICA) Development Camp on UKZN’s Westville campus.

Grade 12 maths pupils enhancing their numeracy skills during the South African Institute of Charted Accountants (SAICA) Development Camp.
The Camp provided additional tuition in mathematics, economics and accounting, physical science and English adopting an all-inclusive teaching and learning approach by delivering a curriculum with substantial extra learning opportunities for pupils with outstanding potential.

Pupils are selected based on their academic performance and they must be Thuthuka Bursary Fund applicants.

SAICA’s Transformation and Growth Project Manager, Mr Xolela Sohuma, said as SAICA continued to transform and develop the chartered accountancy profession, it continuously worked towards formulating innovative and proven education methodology.

‘We have partnered with the University of KwaZulu-Natal in one of the SAICA transformation flagship projects where we took more than 200 learners from previously disadvantage backgrounds to assist them to improve their mathematics, physics, accounting and English.

‘I am proud to say that we have 98 percent attendance and more than 60 percent of these learners have applied to the Thuthuka Bursary fund. We congratulate the University of KwaZulu-Natal for its commitment in developing local academic talent and also ploughing back to our communities,’ said Sohuma.

While the programme concentrates on teaching and learning it also creates a platform for pupils to participate in activities such as life skills workshops, where facilitators help motivate the learners and develop the key skills identified as underdeveloped in African learners such as soft skills, numeracy, entrepreneurship, study skills and examination techniques.

The Camp concluded with a gala dinner where the students were addressed by KwaZulu-Natal MEC of Finance, Ms Ina Cronje, who applauded the initiative and the success of the Thuthuka Bursary fund in motivating pupils to become charted accountants.

‘This year, we aim to award 50 learners from KwaZulu-Natal with bursaries to study towards becoming chartered accountants who will then work in KwaZulu-Natal districts - in particular where each bursary recipient comes from - to bolster the capacity of the provincial department.

‘We want you, who are from the province, to benefit from this initiative and at the same time give back. Thus, you are development and in your development, the province and South Africa are made better places to live and work in,’ said Cronje.

Sandile Khumalo, a Grade 12 pupil at Umlazi’s Mbizweni High School, said he was grateful for the useful information he acquired through the programme. ‘The information I have received from this programme has not only helped me be better prepared for my studies in class but it has also informed me about which career to pursue.

‘The teachers who taught us were motivated and inspiring as they answered all the questions we had and gave us great techniques to help us cope with the examinations. Now I am well prepared for my final examinations,’ said Khumalo.

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