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Get up to speed in school finances

Online forum discussions platforms, access to your own online study room, and assistance with registration to the Unisa Course in Accounting for School Governance—these are some of the benefits that students will enjoy when they register for the Unisa Course in Accounting for School Governance.

Werner Uys (Manager: Centre of Accounting Studies, CAS), Lilian van Wyk (AcademyOne), Dr Timothy Makofane (Department of Education: Gauteng), and Nkosana Thakgadi (DD: DBE)

On 26 October 2016, more than 200 people attended the first School Governance Workshop under the theme Improving school governance. The workshop was the result of a partnership between the Gauteng Department of Education, Unisa, and Academy One.

Accounting for School Governance is a Unisa-accredited NQF level course that is aimed at equipping school bookkeepers and financial administrators with knowledge of the SA school acts and also to equip them with obtaining a practical knowledge of school accounting, said Lilian van Wyk, Head of e-Learning at AcademyOne. The course further addressed the roles and functions of school governing bodies, financial statements, business documents, and also auditing, she said.

The course is for:

  • Members of the governing bodies at schools
  • Parents, educators, members of local communities, and staff of educational departments who have an interest in education and governance in schools
  • School bookkeepers
  • Anyone who would like to obtain a formal background to accounting procedures for governing school finances or school fund raising and spending

Participants were also given an opportunity to engage with the panel members. The robust discussion was a clear indication that this Unisa Course in Accounting for School Governance is indeed what members of governing bodies at schools, including parents and principals, believe what is needed in order to improve the current state of our schools.

Werner Uys (Manager: Centre of Accounting Studies, CAS) facilitated the panel discussion, which consisted of Nksosana Thakgadi (Deputy Director: Department of Basic Education), Dr Timothy Makofane (Director: School Governance, Gauteng Department of Education), and Prof. Dovhani Thakhathi (Chairperson: Southern African Institute for Business Accountants (SAIBA).

More information on the Course in Accounting for School Governance can be found on, or, alternatively, you can contact Werner Uys, Manager: Centre of Accounting Studies, at

A follow-up meeting will be held to discuss, amongst other issues, issues of funding.