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Girls competing with boys, says Masuwa

SHIKANDA KAWANGA, Lusaka
OUT of the 700 pupils who participated at this year’s Horizon Computer Olympiad and Horizon Mathematics Competition, 50 percent were girls.
Competition organiser Harry Masuwa said it is impressive that girls are now able to compete with boys.
Mr Masuwa, who is also Horizon Schools public relations manager, said the competition was introduced to supplement Government’s efforts in the promotion of science, mathematics and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Zambia.
He was speaking recently during the second mathematics and computer competition.
Mr Masuwa said the competition attracted grade seven and nine pupils from schools in various parts of the country.
“Some of the participating schools are located in Chilanga, Lusaka, Chirundu, Kafue, Chongwe, Rufunsa and Luangwa,” he said.
He said the participating schools were subjected to an exam and the overall winner will be awarded with a prize.
Mr Masuwa said the supervisors were sent to all centres to help invigilate the exams so that the playing field is levelled and free from malpractice.
He said each district selected 10 best pupils to represent their areas.
Mr Masuwa said the deserving pupils will be awarded with medals, certificates, laptops and Horizon Schools scholarships.
And Horizon Schools head teacher Sydney Chilanda said the competition is meant to ignite interest in the teaching and learning of mathematics and ICT in schools.
Mr Chilanda said the awards will be given to the deserving pupils on September 14 at a venue to be announced later.

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