Cloud software can help kids in accounting


With Gauteng and other provinces looking to move towards paperless
classrooms, the time is ripe to start making more extensive use of cloud-based
software in educational settings in South Africa.

That's according to Sage Pastel MD, Steven Cohen, who says that the
simplicity, security and low upfront cost of cloud software make it a good match
for the classroom. "The news that Gauteng's education department is looking to
go digital is welcome," he says. "It will help eliminate many of the costs and
difficulties of getting affordable and up-to-date learning materials into school
kids? hands."

Cohen says that once schoolchildren are equipped with notebook or tablet
computers as well as internet connectivity, they will have access to a world of
information and services from the cloud. With IT forming such a critical part of the
workplace, paperless classrooms will prepare the youth for their careers, he

For example, children who are studying accounting could pay a small
monthly fee to use a business accounting package via the cloud, giving them
hands-on experience with a tool used in every business. Sage Pastel
Accounting's My Business Online, for example, could allow them to play around in
demo companies to learn more about the principles of accounting and refine
their skills.

The software is complimented with a series of eManuals which track to both
CAPS and IEB curriculums, and the learner can become certified by using our
online assessment system. The successful candidate is then notified
immediately on completion of their assessment that they are competent and the
appropriate certificate is delivered by email and secure PDF. Very little manual
intervention is required and the whole process becomes seamless as well as

Such software is easy to use, and is a great way to get a practical
understanding of the theory taught in accounting classrooms, says Cohen. This
can help prepare children for their exams and even for university courses for
those who are interested in a career in accounting.