Eighteen schools in the western division participated in an online computer quiz, hosted by the University of the South Pacific (USP) Lautoka Campus.
Xavier College was the winner in the West Zone category as well as the Regional winner runner-up and they won a music player and portable DVD player for the school. The second and third winners in this category were Sangam SKM College and Cuvu College respectively.
A total of 67 schools participated in this online quiz conducted by the USP that was held simultaneously in its six campuses in Fiji and around the region on Saturday, 15th September, 2012.
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.
The purpose of this one-hour quiz is to create awareness on ICT related issues in the South Pacific and is thus based on a lot of 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.
Jai Narayan College was the Fiji Central Zone category winner as well as the Fiji national and overall regional winner and they won a music player, a trophy, a shield and laptop for the school, a 1TB HDD for each student and a $25 Tappoo voucher.
Each zone winner won a music player for the school while the first runner-ups received a $25 gift voucher for Tappoo, a 4GB USB, notebook and liner-yard; the second runner-ups received a 4GB USB, a notebook and liner-yard.
This yearís quiz was sponsored by USPís Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE), Graphic Equipment (Office Products), Dell, USP Book Centre, Tappoo Group of Companies and Japan-based companies - Asnew and Xn & Co.
The quiz was targeted at Form 6 and Form 7 students and each team comprised of two students who were accompanied by a teacher. A certificate of participation was presented to all participating students.
The coordinator of the West Zone, 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.