Scottburgh High School Grade 12 learner, Ashraf Moosa from Umzinto was awarded the SAIPA Top Achievers Awards. This is a National Accounting Olympiad in which he was presented with a trophy, certificate, laptop, prize money and a backpack.
Ashraf was one of 6,700 learners to enter the Olympiad along with seven other learners from his school. He was then called back for the second round of the Olympiad and was thrilled to get a call informing him that he was one of the top three finalists in the country. He and his mother, Fatima was flown to JHB for the awards on October 11.
The aim of the SAIPA NAO is to make Accounting as a subject a preferred choice to all learners and to promote the option of professional accountancy as a sound choice for further study, and the pathway towards a financially and personally rewarding entry into employment.
The Olympiad is open to Grade 11 and Grade 12 accounting learners taking accounting as a school subject. Ashraf entered the Olympiad last year and remembers that he had actually not done as well as he made a silly mistake which he realised an hour after writing the paper. His favourite subject is Maths but he also likes Accounting and he plans to study Actuarial Science at UCT next year. Ashraf says credit must be given to his educator, Mr Moodley who goes the extra mile when teaching and even though he was invited to collect his own award he refuse to go as he did not want to miss a day of teaching at school.
“I would like to thank the Almighty, my parents and Mr Moodley for his assistance, dedication and believing in me. He has years of experiences as he taught my father and has taught me with the same method of teaching. He won’t agree to me saying this since he is such a humble person, but he is an excellent teacher and I wish him well,” said Ashraf.