ANALYSING ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENTS OF PUBLIC ORDINARY SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE TSHWANE NORTH DISTRICT, SOUTH AFRICADownload This Article
Elizabeth Doussy, Frank Doussy
This paper presents the results from an analysis of the annual financial statements of public ordinary secondary schools in the Tshwane North District, South Africa. The analysis was done to assess the quality of these annual financial statements as well as the apparent usefulness thereof for the parents of the learners in the school. These users are probably most concerned with the quality and usefulness of information presented to them for providing the necessary assurance that the funds received by the school are properly accounted for and used to the advantage of their children. The results suggest that assurance in this regard is lacking as audits are not done at all, or are of an extremely poor quality. The quality of the financial statements is also poor, with scant regard for Generally Accepted Accounting Practice or the South African Schools Act. Urgent intervention from the Education Departments is needed to ensure that the South African Schools Act is adhered to and that proper audits are conducted by suitably qualified accountants and auditors. The South African Institute for Chartered Accountants (SAICA) should also play a more positive role in this regard by ensuring that audit practices are enforced and quality annual financial statements are presented.
Keywords: Annual Financial Statements, Public Ordinary Secondary Schools, School Governance, Scarce Resources, GAAP, School’s Act, Financial Disclosure, Audit
How to cite this paper: Doussy, E., & Doussy, F. (2015). Analysing annual financial statements of public ordinary secondary schools in the Tshwane north district, South Africa. Journal of Governance and Regulation, 4(3-2), 250-258. https://doi.org/10.22495/jgr_v4_i3_c2_p7