Reasons for Low Pass Rates in Financial Accounting, Management Accounting and Tax Law Amd Practice at the Chitungwiza/Harare Region of the Zimbabwe Open University

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FACULTY OF COMMERCE AND LAW(DEPARTMENT OF BANKING AND FINANCE)

RESEARCH TOPIC: A STUDY TO DETERMINE THE REASONS For LOW PASS RATES IN MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING AND TAX LAW AND PRACTICE- BACHELOR OF COMMERCE IN

ACCOUNTING, BANKING AND FINANCE AT THE HARARE AND CHITUNGWIZA REGION OF THE ZIMBABWE OPEN UNIVERSITY.

ABSTRACT:

Background:

A study of the results of Management Accounting and Tax, Law and Practice for the past three semesters revealed average pass rates of 33 and 35% respectively.These low pass rates triggered the desire for the researcher to carry out a study to find out the reasons behind this state of affairs.

Literature Review:

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It has to be remembered that most of ZOU. Students are working parents with school or college going children. These kinds of pressures are the backdrop to a typical student life at ZOU. Time management becomes an interesting challenge to those who do not have an abundance of it. When this high-wire balancing act fails to deliver ,a scapegoat has to be found. That is when mitigating excuses are postulated e.g. the lecturers are out of their depth in their specialty areas, modules are outdated etc. The legitimacy or not of these excuses is part of the subject of this study.

1.1)STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM:

Given the above background it is apparent that there is a gap between students’ expectations and the results from their studies.

1.2)RESEARCH OBJECTIVES:

a) To find out the reasons for the low pass rates in management accounting and tax, law and practice.

b) To find ways of countering this negative trend and pass our recommendations onto the relevant people.

1.3)RESEARCH QUESTIONS:

Basically here we gave out a questionnaire with a grid of possible factors that may or may not affect the students’ success or failure. It was accompanied by open ended questions.

1.4 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY:

The study was necessitated by the low pass rates in the past three semesters. Consequently the results of the study will influence how ZOU, the students and other stakeholders view and approach

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