Twenty eight schools in the western division participated in an online computer quiz, hosted by the University of the South Pacific (USP) Lautoka Campus.
The Western Zone Category winner, Tilak High School from Lautoka, won a Shield whilst the students received a Dell printer each. The second and third winners in this category were Votualevu College and Xavier College whose participating students received tablets and media players respectively.
Seventy-seven schools participated in this quiz conducted by USP and held simultaneously in USPís six campuses in Fiji and around the region on Saturday, 27th July 2013.
Organized by the South Pacific Computer Society (SPACS), the quiz covered six zones namely Fiji North Zone, Fiji West Zone, Fiji Central Zone, Samoa Zone, Solomon Islands Zone and Tonga Zone.
This one-hour quiz aimed to create awareness on ICT related issues in the South Pacific and was thus based on general knowledge questions related to Computer Basics & History, Computer Hardware & Software, Information Systems, Systems Analysis & Design, Word Processing & Spreadsheets, Data Communications, Database Management, Programming and ICT General Knowledge & Current Affairs.
Rishikul College of Nasinu was the Fiji Central Zone category winner as well as the Fiji national and overall regional winner.
This yearís quiz was sponsored by USPís Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE), Graphic Equipment (Office Products) and Vodafone.
The quiz was targeted at Form 6 and Form 7 students and each team comprised two students who were accompanied by a teacher. A certificate of participation was presented to all participating students.
Coordinator of the West Zone, Mr. Dennis Sen of the USP Lautoka Campus, said this yearís quiz featured a professional development survey quiz for the school teachers accompanying each team. He said the feedback from the teachers would help SPACS in identifying courses or topics related to IT for organizing future training programmes for high school students.
USP Lautoka Campus Director Dr. Pramila Devi presented the prizes, certificates and awards to the participants.