Students from the University of the Free State (UFS) School of Accountancy achieved an 84.2% pass rate compared to the national average of 76.2% during the Initial Test of Competence (ITC) examination facilitated by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).
A total of 64 out of 76 UFS students who attempted the ITC for the first time were successful in the examination. The ITC is known for its challenging nature. Demographically, our African black students outperformed the 62.1% national pass rate by attaining an impressive 80.6%.
Prof Hentie van Wyk, Programme Director at the school, attributed diligence for the high pass rate. “This is due to our student-centered teaching module that was introduced four years ago and committed academic staff of the School of Accountancy from the first to the fourth year.”
Further future surge expected
“With the coming June 2019 ITC sitting, our pass rate for 2019 will most probably be more than 90%. Our three-year rolling average for 2015-2017, 2016-2018 and 2017-2019 were 83%, 86% and 90% respectively. Hopefully, we can maintain the upward curve,” said Prof Van Wyk.