'Mounting employment opportunities for Accountancy students, thanks
EDUCATION: The Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka (AATSL)
is equipped to face up to global challenges in education and training
and is providing opportunities for advancement for students who have
left school with even GCE (O/L) qualifications.
AATSL serves as a gateway to enter an ever-widening world of
opportunity, Minister of Education Susil Premajayantha said.
In the emerging global economy the local workforce need to be develop
by educating for the new era of co-operation to face future challenges,
Minister Susil Premajayantha said.
"In our country to meet the increasing demand for education services
of high quality and relevance to our social environment, the Government
welcomes initiatives of professionals,' Minister Premajayantha said at
the AATSL, annual conference.
The theme of the event was " Accounting Technicians Contribution
Towards Development of SME Sector".
He said that today in all professional areas there exists complexity
and the counterpart of complexity is uncertainty. True professionalism
is a situation where the professional is competent to operate in such
contexts and the true professional has to have certain attributes.
These attributes are to cope with inherent uncertainties of the
subject area, the expertise and the courage to take critical decisions
on the basis of available evidence and the state-of-the-art or technical
skills to implement the decisions taken or to retrieve the situation if
initial solutions prove inappropriate, inadequate or unworkable, he
Minister said that professional bodies like the AATSL, stance a
strong commitment to Free Education within the existing legal framework.
Towards this end, the initiatives of professionals like those of the
Governing Council, the Academic Committee and the Professional Committee
incorporate Quality Assurance Mechanisms (QAM) in their professional
education and training programs should work to gather.
He said that it is in this regard the vision of the pioneers of this
educational project and their strategy some eighteen years ago to
established the AATSL as an alternative path-finding to our school
leavers annually to pursue a career of their choice.
He also said that he is convinced that the Accounting Technicians can
contribute towards accountability of the institutions in the Government
sector and by employing them in Government organisations, Government can
ensure proper control on accounting activities because they have
obtained adequate knowledge and skills in accounting, auditing and
taxation during their training.
"The Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka Ajith Nivard Cabraal the
Accountancy profession has been enriched over the past centuries world
over and the profession commands high respect in the society.
To measure up to the expectations of the society, the professional
has to uphold the highest ideals of the profession and bound by its code
In this respect the Association of Accounting Technicians can be
proud of being an important player of the profession in Sri Lanka.
The envisaged efforts to build on Regional and International
co-operation would undoubtedly strengthen the foundation of the
profession of accounting existing in Sri Lanka.
The boundaries of traditional accounting are rapidly expanding and in
this regard 'continuing education' is a sine qua non" for all Membership
of the AATSL, to keep abreast with the rapid progress and expanding
horizons in accounting practice," he said.
Accounting Technicians have a distinct role to play and to support
the professional accountancy.
They have a vital role to play too, in the Medium and Small
Enterprise (SME) sector where financial banking in the Provincial and
Regional administration sectors, is of great importance for the benefit
to the economy of our Country, Cabraal said.