Accounting Department going the extra mile

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Staff in the Nkuhlu Department of Accounting are going the extra-mile – literally! 

To ensure teaching and learning continues during the Covid-19 lockdown period, the department has been utilising courier services to deliver study materials right at the door-step of Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting (PGDA) students.

PGDA students are being prepared to write the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Initial Test of Competence (ITC) exam.  This is traditionally written every year in January.  This, therefore, means it is imperative for them to complete the curriculum in time for the exam.

Financial Management  Lecturer,  Esther Mason CA (SA),  said due to the restrictive time frames, lecturers had to devise alternative means to ensure teaching and learning takes place remotely.  According to her, study packs were printed and provided to students a week before lockdown regulations were imposed. However, the material was only for one month.  Up-to-date study materials were uploaded onto the Blackboard online platform.  However,  some students were experiencing challenges in accessing the online platform.

In response to students’ challenges, the Department collated and printed the information. When lockdown regulations were eased and courier services were allowed to operate, they started delivering the printed study notes. By 12 June, 91 of the 111 PGDA students have received their study packs.

Ms Mason said after the students received their study packs the Department witnessed a significant increase in student consultation. “This is an indication that they are now engaging with the material.”

The Department also uses the following means to communicate with all  accounting students:

  • Blackboard -  for extensive uploading of notes and videos of lecture materials,   as well as discussion forums.
  • Consultations via e-mail.
  • WhatsApp chat groups for each subject.

Ms Mason said the chat group allows students to ask questions and receive clarity on materials, or on how to access videos. It also allows lecturers to give guidance and advise if new material has been uploaded.  “The feedback is quicker and also allows for voice note explanations,” she said.