Quote from the Statement: “Design, complete and record source documents in the books of first entry, draw up a trial balance, reconciliation, final accounts and prepare financial statements electronically / manually for a company as part of the practical component”.
The curriculum statement also clearly states that the FET must be a continuation of the GET band. Both SO 4 and 5 refer to the use of electronic accounting software packages.
Within the context of the syllabus it is therefore a requirement that learners are exposed to a computerised program, wherever possible. Accounting is very much a life skills subject where schools should not only be teaching learners to pass the grade 12 exam, but also to give them basic skills to provide them the opportunity to take their place in the economy. Within the business world it is virtually essential that employees have the necessary computer skills. The present system utilised in the classroom, namely manual accounting, must be enhanced so as to ensure that learners are provided the relevant skills.
Schools will receive Sage Pastel certification emphasising credibility as a certified provider of Sage Pastel school training.
Schools receive Sage Pastel Educational Software, which can be installed on any number of student PC’s.
Sage Pastel has partnered with educators to find the best way to implement Sage Pastel in the classroom. Learners are therefore taught the computerised accounting solution in line with the accounting curriculum statement for grades 8 to 12.
There are additional tasks and assignments set to challenge learners and ensure that learners are able to use accounting software in a real life scenario.
Sage Pastel offers a comprehensive learner assessment. Students are awarded a Sage Pastel Certified School Programme Student Competency Certificate on passing the assessment.
Project director of transformation for the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, Natalie Zimmelman, welcomes the Sage Pastel initiative “because it will have the effect of amplifying our own Thuthuka project, which is designed to help learners at disadvantaged schools improve their maths, accounting and English marks – in order, generally, to better equip them for future careers and, specifically, increase the talent pool for accounting.
“Inherently, Sage Pastel’s Certified School Program promotes accounting as a career choice while being an enormously practical resource to schools. And because it doesn’t need access to the Internet, it’s especially beneficial to underprivileged schools – which is where we feel the greatest need exists.”
Zimmelman also believes that the Certified School Program is sustainable because of the investment Sage Pastel is making not only in hands-on teaching training but also in helping schools at the most basic levels of computer literacy, including the physical aspects of setting up computers, loading operating systems such as Windows, and showing teachers and learners how to use the keyboard and mouse. “They’re not simply dropping off the software at the schools and walking away.”
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