SIX Hong Kong computer wizards recently competed against 41 other students from 10 neighbouring countries in the Southeast Asian Regional Computer Confederation (SEARCC) International Software Competition. The competition marked the occasion of the annual SEARCC conference of which Hong Kong was the host. Singapore took first and second honours in the competition, with Sri Lanka third. Hong Kong's team A was awarded fourth place and team B came sixth. Speaking at the prize-presentation ceremony, the Deputy Director of Education, Mr Robert Lo, said the Department had done much to promote computer education since 1982. It started a modest computer studies scheme by introducing the subject to 2,500 senior secondary students in 30 secondary schools. Since then, Computer Literacy has been added to the junior secondary school curriculum with Computer Studies as an Advanced Level subject and Computer Applications offered at Advanced Supplementary level. The number of schools offering these subjects hasalso grown steadily. ''Over 150,000 students in some 350 schools, or about 38 per cent of the secondary school population in the public sector, are trying these subjects'', Mr Lo said. He said the Education Department would continue to further develop computer education in Hong Kong.