Kampala, Uganda | Julius Businge | A total of 461 students – attained qualifications in different fields of the accounting profession at the 11th graduation ceremony for the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPA-U) held at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala on March 07.
Of this total, 397 qualified for Certified Public Accountants course, 41 for Accounting Technicians Diploma while 23 qualified for Certified Tax Advisor. Charles Bahakwonka Byaruhanga (CPA), the manager for examinations at ICPA-U said that female candidates performed better than their male counterparts in the November 2018 examinations.
He also said that the highest pass rates were among students in the 18-29 years age bracket. He said that the pass rate is higher among the younger students, senior six leavers and fresh university graduates, who appear to be putting in more time to concentrate on the course.
He urged aspiring accountants to undertake CPA while they still have more time at their disposal. “…this will increase their chances of getting good opportunities for demonstrating one’s professional competencies,” Byaruhanga said.
Frederick Kibeddi (CPA), the President of ICPA-U urged the graduands to uphold the values of the profession. He said complying members would be chosen to take part in a fellowship programme in which they will develop their skills which will expose them to other opportunities.
He added that ICPA-U plans to offer 10 CPA scholarship slots per year for University Graduates. The 2018 number of graduands is higher than the one of 2017, recorded at 354.