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Rondebosch Boys High comes out tops in SAIPA Olympiad Top 50

2 October 2018

Rondebosch Boys High did not disappoint in this year’s edition of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants’ (SAIPA’s) National Accounting Olympiad (NAO), with the results revealing that the school has four pupils in the competition’s national top 50.

The annual competition is open to all Grade 11 and Grade 12 learners from schools across the country. The student from Grade 12 was Razeen Parker and from Grade 11 were Timothy Murphy, Christopher Dean and Juan de Kock.

Zobuzwe Ngobese, Marketing and Business Development Executive at SAIPA, says the Institute is very pleased with the school’s performance. “We hope their outstanding efforts will be an inspiration to other schools and provide a challenge to which they will rise in 2019.”

Hard work

Ngobese is in no doubt that the school has instilled a spirit of achievement and dedication to study in these pupils and commends each of them for their personal effort to master accounting. “To place so many students so high is indeed something of which the principal and teachers can be proud,” he says. “It shows that they not only have a successful learning system but have also convinced their children of the merits of hard work.”

However, Ngobese notes that with proper focus and effort, any learner can become an accounting guru. “Yes, accounting is hard, and mathematics is hard. But pupils who devote themselves will not only accomplish much in school but also in life,” he says.

The competition

2018’s contest was open to grade 11 and 12 pupils, although the Institute intends to invite grade 10 entries in the future. It is one of the country’s biggest accounting competitions, growing more popular each year, and is judged over two rounds held at participating schools. In the first round, grade 11 pupils had to score 60% or more while grade 12’s needed 65% or more in a written test to qualify to sit for a second paper. From this final round, the top 3 provincial winners were selected as well as the top 3 national winners.

Any student currently taking accounting at school and who wishes to study for a B.Com degree in the future may participate. The entry fee is R50 per learner with no limit on the number of entries per school. Students from no-fee schools enter for free.

Promoting the profession

According to Ngobese, the Olympiad is just one of SAIPA’s initiatives to ensure enough accountants are available to serve the country in coming decades. “An adequate complement of accountants in 5 to 6 years from now requires that enough learners take up accounting as a subject today,” he explains. Projects like the NAO expose not only the competitors to the profession but also children at their and other schools, and those reading the results in the media.

SAIPA challenges all schools to beat the standard set by Rondebosch Boys High in next year’s National Accounting Olympiad. Competition details will be made known nearer the time.