Monday, July 7, 2008


Taylor’s Accounting Quiz Competition debuts in KK


The inaugural Taylor’s Business School’s Inter- School Accounting Quiz was organised in Kota Kinabalu to boost awareness among secondary school students of the importance of the specialised field of accounting. The final round on June 21 at Sekolah Swasta Seri Insan culminated with Teong Jia Wen from Sabah Tshung Tsin Secondary School bagging the first prize in the individual category. Teong did his teachers and schoolmates proud as he walked away with a full scholarship worth RM58,860 from Taylor’s Business School (TBS), RM600 in cash, a trophy and certificate. His win was not the only victory for Sabah Tshung Tsin Secondary School, as the school also emerged champion in the school category. Teong, accompanied by his teammates, accepted the award which consisted of RM2,000 in cash and a trophy on behalf of the school. Ms Tang Siew Fun, the Programme Director of Taylor’s Business Foundation and Diploma in Business, presented the prizes and congratulated the students and their respective schools for their participation. Although this was the first year the competition was opened to schools in Kota Kinabalu, she said the response had been very encouraging and hoped the participation would increase in the coming years. “It is inspiring to see so many young students here today and I believe that all of you have worked very hard to prepare for this competition. Accountancy is a field of study that will never go out of demand, as accounting skills are needed by any organisation, be it business or non-profit or governmental. This area of interest is an exciting and stimulating one, and if you are intrigued by the world of accountancy, then go all out to nurture your interest,” said Tang. Teong humbly attributed his success to paying constant attention to what was being taught during lessons and being committed to fully understanding the relevant accounting theories, instead Of rote learning. Second prize winner Yapp Kon Fui from Kian Kok Middle School received a 50 percent TBS scholarship worth RM29,430 and RM500 in cash, a trophy and certificate. The third prize went to Grace Yong Ai Shuen who received a 50 percent TBS scholarship worth RM29,430, RM400 in cash and a trophy and certificate. Meanwhile, fourth prize winner Chin Ying June from Kian Kok Middle School and fifth prize winner Jaramier Cobrado Joibi from Sekolah Menengah La Salle each won a 30 percent scholarship from TBS. Chin and Jaramier also took back RM300 cash and RM200 cash respectively in addition to a trophy and a certificate each. In the schools category, first runner-up Kian Kok Middle School and second runner-up Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Lok Yuk received trophies and RM1,500 and RM1,000 cash prizes respectively. A total of 500 Form Five students from 10 secondary schools in Kota Kinabalu took part in the preliminary rounds for the chance to enter the finals. During the finals at Sekolah Swasta Sen Insan, the 50 finalists were given 60 minutes to complete 40 multiple choice accounting questions. The winners were selected based on the actual marks they scored. In cases where there was a draw, the fastest student who submitted the quiz paper was declared the winner. The Accounting Quiz competition has seen the number of participants increasing exponentially and this year, a total of 2,720 students from 44 schools in the Klang Valley and Kota Kinabalu participated.

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