The St. Joseph High School emerged the winners of the National Insurance Scheme’s 50th Anniversary Debating Competition as they competed against Queens College in the intensely debated finals held today at the National Centre for Education Resource Development (NCERD).

The Debating Competition was done in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and began on May 21, 2019 with eight schools, The Bishops’ High School, Brickdam Secondary School, North Georgetown Secondary School, Queen’s College, Christ Church, St. Rose’s High School, St. Stanislaus College and the winners St. Joseph High School.

The moot that was debated in the final round of the competition today was: “Improved Information Technology will enhance the services offered to contributors and pensioners by the National Insurance Scheme.” The Queen’s College students Christine Richardson, Ayjha Griffith, Lorelei Kanhai and Tatyana Alli (backup) proposed the moot while the St. Joseph High School students Carmalita Byrne, Chelsea Forde and Adaiah Lawrence opposed the 20190612 10

Ms. Chelsea Forde of St. Joseph High School was adjudged the best speaker. According to Ms. Forde, who was her school’s first speaker, she is thankful for the opportunity that was given to her school to participate in the competition.

The first speaker for Queen’s College, Ms. Christine Richardson also expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to participate in the competition. She added that her school will return on the next occasion a much better and stronger team as they utilise the skills that were 20190612 13

During the presentation of prizes ceremony, General Manager of NIS, Mrs. Holly Greaves said that her entity is grateful to the Ministry of Education for partnering to execute the competition successfully.

She said that one objective of the 50th Anniversary observances of the NIS is to bring about public awareness to the 20190612 16

She said that persons can now realise that the NIS is fulfilling its Corporate Social Responsibility by providing income for the elderly.

According to Mrs. Greaves, the competition gives students the opportunity to showcase the talents and efforts of great research.

Chairman of the NIS Board, Mr. John Seeram said that the students that participated in the competition should benefit immensely from research on the topics debated. news 20190612 14He advised that debating competitions should be a regular feature in secondary schools.

He congratulated all the other schools that participated in the competition and urged them not to be discouraged for not winning as they would have gained knowledge and skills to enhance their presentation techniques for future engagements.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Education Officer (Administration), Mrs. Ingrid Trotman said that competitive debating competitions are transformational experiences. news 20190612 15She said that such initiatives allow children to practice critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.

Mrs. Trotman thanked the NIS for its investment in the education of the nation’s children.

The two teams that reached the finals were given one desktop computer system while the participating students received their individual tokens. Students from the other participating schools also received their individual prizes. Additionally, the NIS also made a donation of books to the Smith Memorial Primary School