Giving up spare time at weekends to get extra tuition is a sacrifice but also an investment some UKZN Accounting students make in pursuit of academic excellence.
The extra tuition programme, which began in March, is currently run by the UKZN School of Accounting, Economics and Finance in partnership with SAICA’s Thuthuka and FASSET.
About 100 second and third year Accounting students attend the academic support classes on the Westville and Pietermaritzburg campuses every Saturday. The students are assisted in getting textbooks.
Project Coordinator and Accounting Lecturer Dr Msizi Mkhize said the initiative was created to improve the academic results of the participants to enable them to advance to the next level of studies as well as to develop study skills and improve their self-image and self-confidence.
‘The project’s objectives are not only to improve the pass rate but to also promote both equity and excellence, and attract and retain students who have experienced gaps and disparities in both education and life experiences,’ said Mkhize.
Students Ms Nongamso Cokotho and Ms Thozama Joyi said the project had helped them identify their weak areas and provided them with solutions to overcome challenges.
‘This project has been very informative and has added value to my life as it improved my academic performance for the first semester,’ said Cokotho.
Joyi added studying in a smaller group made her feel less intimidated when getting clarity in areas she did not understand properly.
‘Being around my peers in a non-intimidating setting has helped me better understand the pace at which I have to move. After studying alone for so long being part of a group has been an eye opener as it has taught me the value of sharing challenges and solutions,’ she said.