It had been some time now since I updated this blog - almost three(3) months ago. I am happy to be back after engaging myself in a clients business (i.e. putting all the accounting stuff in order). Now, that that is behind me, this blog site would be going through something like a regeneration. This renewal (or rebirth, if you like) would start with the early years of my accounting career, through some technical accounting stuff I had experience over the years, to the traditional things of this blog. This I would be presenting in a series of blog post running to the end of the year.
To start with, my early years of finance and accounting, all began almost twenty-five (25) years ago when I started my secondary school education of five(5) years (but ended up to be six) back in the remote part of Ghana. As a city boy(Accra), attending school in a remote part of the country meant a residential school (boarding school, it was called). Leaving my parent at a tender age of just fourteen (14) to begin such a path was one of the enduring moment of my life time. Today I can reflect back at those moment and say it was well spent.
As at that time, years in secondary education was called forms depending on which year you were. Like form 1 for year 1 and form 3 for year 3 etc. These forms were split into three sections each of A, B and C to look like form 1A, 1B, 1C and 3A, 3B, 3C etc. In the first two years that is forms 1 and 2 we were doing something like 18 subject and I was in the B class from the start. On reaching the third year (i.e. form 3), students are split into the Arts, Business, and Science subjects which were labelled A, B and C respectively. So if you are doing the Arts subjects you were given form 3A, 3B for Business and 3C for Science. We were to do at least three section subjects, and one subject from the other two section apart from the section subjects you were in. For example if you were in the B section (i.e. business subjects) you should take at least one Arts subjects and one Science subject in addition to the compulsory Business, English and Mathematics subjects. Overall we were doing something like 12 subject at that level and finally choosing 7, 8 or 9 subjects in year 4 for the final General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary ('O') level exams in year 5. I will admit, now, that the system of career guidance at the time was not the best and an average student like myself had no option but to continue in my B class so I ended doing business subjects. These subjects if I can remember were (8 in total) at the Ordinary level ('O' level):
- Business Subjects: Commerce, Business Studies, Accounting,
- Art Subjects: Economics, Bible Studies,
- Science Subjects: General Science (specialising in Biology),
- Compulsory Subjects: English and Mathematics
I successfully passed all my subjects after rewriting some of the subjects ending up with 6 years instead 5 to move to the Advanced level ('A' level)
At the 'A' level it was less straight forward than the 'O' level. The subjects at this level were meant to be three but I ended up doing six subjects from two different examining bodies, though some of the subjects were related. I was then doing Business Management, Accounting, and Economics for the GCE; and Cost and Management Accounting, Financial Accounting, and Finance for The Royal Society of Arts (RSA) stage III (stage II was the equivalent of the 'O' level. The RSA was administered by the British so it was a foreign exam in Ghana by then.
After successfully going through all that at the advanced level (not all at one go but had to rewrite some papers to get a good passes). It was the time to decide on my university or tertiary education. Coming from a split family, I couldn't get straight forward answers for a young man of my early twenties. It was one of the decisions that had made me what I am today- go full-time university, work full-time or combination of the two on a part-time basis. Which one is right for me?
The answer lies in the next blog on this series, sending me on the path of my career and what that experience had been.