Accounting exam floors grade 12s

2011-10-26 00:00

ACCOUNTING continues to be a challenging subject for grade 12 pupils, and yesterday’s exam was no different.

The three-hour examination left pupils worried about the difficulty of the upcoming maths and physical science exams.

Alexandra High School pupil Adelaide Nyoni said studying past papers did not prepare her for the accounting paper.

“I love accounting; it is one of my favourite subjects, but the way the questions were asked in the paper was different.

“The most challenging part was the cash flow statement. It was phrased in a twisted and confusing way,” she said.

Theyagraj Naicker, head of accounting at Heather Secondary, said most pupils battle with accounting. “There are sections of the subject that are very difficult, such as bookkeeping. This area is based on a lot of theory where pupils need to compare and comment, which is hard. However, a lot of pupils are keen on pursuing careers in finance.”

For pupils who plan to further their studies in finance in tertiary institutions, excelling in this exam is their best chance.

Durban University of Technology’s director of corporate affairs, Alan Khan, said enrolment in the faculty of accounting and informatics increased four percent from 5 768 in 2009 to 6 009 in 2010.

But applicants must comply with requirements, he said.

• thandiwe.jumo@witness.co.za

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