Ministry of Education, Guyana

Friday, 21 November 2014 11:54

Christianburg/Wismar Secondary wins JOF Haynes debating competition

Christianburg Wismar Secondary School, Region Ten, claimed a well-earned victory, defeating its opponent Queen’s College (QC) during a battle of words, fluency and eloquence in the 2014 JOF Haynes Memorial Inter-Secondary Schools debating competition at the Theatre Guild, Kingston.

Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand and Permanent Secretary, Delma Nedd, were among education officials, teachers, students and parents who were treated to highly competitive presentations from both the opposition and the proposition.
Yesterday’s event culminated the national competition which commenced in September as part of Education Month activities where Region Ten and Georgetown remained undefeated throughout the various rounds.
Christianburg/Wismar Secondary, which also copped the best speaker prize, argued that the private sector has a corporate social responsibility to invest resources to tackle pollution, while QC opposed.
The Christianburg Wismar Secondary provided very strong factual points to match their argument and demonstrated confidence during their presentation.
The debating competition officially began during the period April to July, where the regional competitions were held in each education district. The winning school was given the opportunity to represent the education district at national level.
Region One was represented by Santa Rosa Secondary; Region Two – Anna Regina Secondary; Region Three – L’Aventure Secondary; Region Four – Diamond Secondary, Region Five – Bush Lot Secondary; Region Six, New Amsterdam; Region Seven, Three Miles Secondary; Eight, Paramakatoi Secondary; Region Nine, St. Ignatius Secondary, Region Ten, Christiansburg Wismar Secondary and Georgetown, Queen’s College.
The JOF Haynes Memorial Inter-Secondary Schools debating competition is used to celebrate the oratorical experience of the late Joseph Oscar Fitzclarence Haynes who in his day, was identified as the most brilliant and eminent lawyer of his generation.
Mr. Haynes started this competition 24 years ago, and the Education Ministry has since continued it.
The winning school received new computers; compliments of Metro Office Supplies which has been supporting the competition for several years. Each participating student was presented with a trophy and cash prize.

Article compliments of Kaieteur News

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