Accounting for a brighter future

Posted on November 27, 2015

The Faculty of Economic Management Sciences (EMS) at the University of Pretoria (UP) is responding to the country’s need to transform the finance and accountancy sector. Through funding from the Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority (FASSET), the Faculty has been able to establish the Financial and Accounting Sciences Support Programme (FASSP) to provide financial and academic support to 500 black South African students who are registered for either a BCom (Accounting Sciences) or a BCom (Financial Sciences) degree in 2016. The students in this support programme will receive educational interventions to assist them to pass and qualify, and will be provided with all textbooks, registration fees, and a stipend for lunch and transport.

Pfumelani Mashimbye and Thabiso Katjedi (pictured) are both in their second year of BCom (Accounting Sciences) and were part of a similar programme in 2015 that was also funded by FASSET. They found that a burden was removed from their shoulders as a result of being part of a programme that supports them academically. ‘Being a second-year student is a lot harder because the work-load is much heavier and there are higher expectations from the University, parents and bursary providers,’ said Katjedi. FASSP provides time-management skills that help students to wrestle with all these challenges. Mashimbye says: ‘The extra tutorials that we get from the FASSET classes afford us the opportunity to ask questions and gain a different perspective from other lecturers. In cases where the same lecturer both teaches and tutors, you can ask about a topic that they presented during class.’ Without such an intervention, accounting and financial sciences degrees would continue to be daunting to students and appear more difficult than they are. This would affect the throughput of such students whose skills are desperately needed by the finance industry and beyond.

Students registered for Accounting Sciences (first, second or third year) or Financial Sciences (second and third year) in 2016 can make use of this opportunity by applying to take part in FASSProgramme.

To apply please click here.

For more information, send an email to [email protected].

 

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