The South African Institute of Professional Accountants (Saipa) has opened registrations for the latest edition of its National Accounting Olympiad (NAO) which they have held every year since 2002.
The olympiad is open to pupils students from grades 11 to and 12 who are doing currently studying accounting as a subject and who intend on pursuing a BCom degree. in university.
Entrants will write an accountancy test on July 29 and the top-three students from each grade will be declared the winners at a special gala event of which the whose date and venue are still to be announced.
Last year, 13 students were tied for the top-three spots across grade 11 and 12 with the most pupils coming from KwaZulu-Natal. The province produced six of the 13 thirteen winners.
“It was an incredibly tight competition, so we’re excited to see what happens this time around. All I can say to the entrants, is: If you’re in it to win it, study hard and bring your A-game,” said Saipa marketing and communications executive Zobuzwe Ngobese.
According to Ngobese, the olympiad is part of Saipa’s strategy to promote accounting as a viable career choice for pupils. students.
“Accounting is an exciting and rewarding career, so we want teens everywhere to seriously consider it as they prepare for their tertiary studies,” Ngobese said.
In order for pupils to register, they must be registered by their schools on the olympiad website. There is no limit to the number of pupils each school can enter and the entry fee is R50 per pupil. Registration closes on June 14.