PETALING JAYA: More than 1,200 students took part in the preliminary rounds of The Star's Comquiz 2004 in their respective states yesterday.
The students, from about 200 schools, were tested on their basic computer skills, the Internet and technology trends.
Three top scorers will receive individual prizes while four top teams will vie for the first prize in the finals on Aug 14 at Inti College in Nilai, Negri Sembilan.
Star Publications (M) Bhd marketing services senior manager Iris Tan said Comquiz was held for the 14th consecutive year to promote computer literacy.
She said that while the Education Ministry had been supportive of Comquiz over the years, it was the first time the ministry took part as one of the organisers.
The ministry's participation has helped encourage more schools to take part in Comquiz, she said, adding that 205 schools took part this year as compared to 169 last year.
SMK Assunta's mathematics teacher Jayalatchumi Ananthan said students could gain more computer knowledge by taking part in the quiz.
We don't have IT subjects but we have a computer club which encourages participation in activities such as the Comquiz, she said.
Participant Aaron Wong, 16, of SMK Taman SEA, said he took part for the first time and gained some exposure on computer-related matters.
Another student of SMK Taman SEA, Kelvin Lim, 16, said he felt that students' knowledge in computers was not enough.
Yong Jing Wen, 17, of SMK Sri Sentosa, said the quiz was educational as it helped her understand what she needed to do to improve her knowledge in computers and information technology.
In Ipoh, 78 participants took part in the preliminary round held at SMJK Yuk Choy.
Daniel Aviff Taufik Mab, a Form Three student of SMK St George, Taiping, said he and his teammates Art Harris and Choong Li Wern spent two weeks to prepare for the quiz.
We read through a lot of computer books (and examined) the compartments of the computer in order to prepare ourselves for the quiz, he said.
The competition is jointly organised by The Star, Education Ministry and Inti Foundation while the main prize sponsors are Inti College, Microsoft, Brunsfield, Canon, DiGi and Eastpak.