BY BRIGHT NIWAHA
Maryhill High School from Mbarara District emerged victorious in the inaugural Uganda Christian University Open Day Schools challenge.
The challenge, organised by the Career Development and Placement Office, will engage secondary schools in an annual essay writing and quiz competition. The maiden theme: “Higher Education for Sustainable Community Development”.
The quiz was conducted on June 24, in Nkoyoyo Hall, and involved five schools.
These were Mbarara High School, Maryhill High School, Light College Mukono, and Our Lady of Africa, Namilyango.
The questions were in seven categories: general knowledge, Bible knowledge, current affairs, mathematics and logic, literature and the arts, sports, and knowledge about UCU as an institution.
The quiz consisted of 70 per cent of the total mark while the essay competition made the 30 per cent. The essay had been submitted earlier.
After the final evaluation, Maryhill High School was announced winner with 44 percent, having scored 21 out of 30 in the essay competition, and 33 out of 70 in the quiz.
Light College Mukono came second with 39 per cent; followed by Mbarara High School with 37 percent and Our Lady of Africa Mukono with 24 per cent. Mpoma High School came last with 10 per cent, because they did not appear for the quiz.
According to Alex Taremwa, one of the organisers, the challenge was an attempt by the university to reach out to its major partners, the secondary schools and give back to them for their partnership and co-operation.
“During the countrywide career outreaches, we invited schools not only for the Open Day but also to participate in the challenge. Schools that showed interest would then attempt an essay that would earn them a place in the quiz competition,” Taremwa said.
The winner walked away with a trophy and a cash prize of Shs500,000; while the first runner-up got Shs200,000 and Shs100,000 for the second runner-up.