Maths student's victory formula

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 July, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 July, 1996, 12:00am

A keen interest in current affairs has provided a mathematics student with the money to pay his tuition fees after he won $76,000 in a news quiz show.

Lee Kwok-wai, 20, a Year Four student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, faces a $37,350 bill for the coming academic year because the Government insists that 18 per cent of the cost of education should be recovered through tuition fees.

Mr Lee won the Commercial Radio I Acer Quiz Show, with each of his 87 correct answers earning $881 - the channel's air-wave frequency.

'I read two Chinese newspapers a week before the show, even though I usually only read one,' he said. 'I took notes of the names and numbers and memorised them. In the final, I lagged behind the other three opponents at first because I was nervous. But in the end I won.' Mr Lee entered the quiz to pass the time after he failed to get a summer job for the second successive year.

As well as the money, he won an Acer laptop computer.

'I first got really interested in reading the news in Primary Six,' Mr Lee said. 'Now I read a newspaper every day and watch all the news on TV.' Apart from current affairs, 'soccer, basketball and tennis interest me most', said the student who plans to join the civil service.