Over 200 matric pupils attended the grade 12 Accounting Exam Preparation Workshop recently held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
The workshop was facilitated by School of Accounting, Economics and Finance academic Dr Msizi Mkhize.
The two day workshop incorporated examination techniques, study skills, and motivation. ‘The pupils were extremely happy with various calculation methods covered. The majority of the learners indicated that they wish to be taught Accounting by me next year, meaning they wish to join UKZN and this makes me very happy,’ said Mkhize.
As part of his passion for community engagement and improving matric pass rates in Maths and Accounting Mkhize has been involved in several extra tuition initiatives for grade 12 pupils this year. These include a visit to iNanda’s Makhapha Combined School last month. He has also preached at the St John the Baptist Anglican Church in Pinetown and at Umlazi’s St Augustine’s Anglican Church Thanksgiving Service where he demystified Maths by linking it to various bible verses. On Valentine’s Day, he visited Inanda Comprehensive High School where he encouraged learners to “fall in love” with Mathematics. Mkhize is also innovative with teaching and learning as he has created an educational game for his Accounting students. The game helps the students to analyse and interpret financial statements.
‘My projects create the potential to increase the number of recruits into the Accounting profession. My goal is to provide previously disadvantaged learners with unique Accounting and Mathematics academic support, expose them to role models such as university students, lecturers and chartered accountants. I want them to pursue accountancy as a career with greater determination,’ said Mkhize.
Words: Thandiwe Jumo