High school students participating in the online computer quiz at the USP Lautoka Campus.
Eighteen schools in the Western division of Fiji participated in an online computer quiz, hosted by the University of the South Pacific’s Lautoka Campus.
Xavier College from Ba was the winner in the West Zone category while the second and third winners in this category were Sangam SKM College and Cuvu College respectively.
The online quiz conducted by USP was held simultaneously in its six campuses in Fiji and around the region with sixty-seven schools participating in total. Held on 15 September, 2102, the quiz was organised by the South Pacific Computer Society (SPACS).
The quiz covered six zones namely Fiji North, Fiji West, Fiji Central, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga.
The purpose of the one-hour quiz was to create awareness on ICT related issues in the South Pacific. The quiz was targeted at forms six and seven students and each team comprised of two students.
The coordinator of the West Zone quiz, Mr Dennis Sen said that apart from the regular competition, this year’s quiz featured a professional development survey for school teachers accompanying each team.
Mr Sen, who is also a staff of the Lautoka Campus, explained that the feedback from the teachers would help SPACS in identifying courses or topics relating 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.
Jai Narayan College from Suva was the Fiji Central Zone category winner as well as the Fiji national and overall regional winner and they won a trophy, a shield and a laptop for the school as well as other prizes.
Each zone winner won a music player for their school while the first runner-ups received gift vouchers and other accessories.
This year’s quiz was sponsored by USP’s 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.