Record entries reflect quiz popularity

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 February, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 19 February, 1998, 12:00am

The 16th Careers Quiz, held as a prelude to the annual Education and Careers Expo attracted a record 159,713 participants.

It was held from October 27 to 31 last year.

Contestants were students from 307 secondary schools. Students from four special schools were also among the contestants. This represents the largest number of participants since the first Careers Quiz was launched in 1982, according to the Labour Department.

The quiz aims at enhancing students' awareness of the importance of choosing a suitable career as well as encouraging them to actively look for information on careers and further educational opportunities.

Winning schools and students will be awarded a total of about 1,800 prizes sponsored by Instant-Dict Electronic Translators, Pentax cameras and binoculars, Enjoy Sunglasses and Lamy ball pens. A prize presentation ceremony for the winners will be held on March 6 at the YMCA International House.

The major winners are: School competition: Secondary 3: 1st Prize - Ying Wah Girls' School; Secondary 4: 1st Prize - St Rose of Lima's School; Secondary 5: 1st Prize - Islamic Kasim Tuet Memorial College Secondary 6: 1st Prize - Delia Memorial School (Glee Path) Secondary 7: 1st Prize - Yan Chai Hospital No 2 Secondary School Individual competition: Secondary 3: 1st Prize - Cheng Pui Sze, Ivy (Tak Oi Secondary School); Secondary 4: 1st Prize - Ng Man Ting, Mandy (St Rose of Lima's School); Secondary 5: 1st Prize - Chu Ka Lai (Islamic Kasim Tuet Memorial College); Secondary 6: 1st Prize - Ho Ka Yee (Tuen Mun Government Secondary School); Secondary 7: 1st Prize - Yung Hiu Fai (Buddhist Leung Chik Wai College).

The quiz questions can be accessed through the computer quiz game at the Labour Department booth. Visitors can try to answer the questions and win souvenirs.