The opening round of the Inter High School Debate Competition under the supervision of the Ministry of Education (MOE) has ended with schools being grouped into four zones. Diana E. Davies, William Booth and William V.S. Tubman high schools all won their first encounters.
In zone three (Somalia Drive), Jimmy Jolocom and St. Michael Catholic walked away with ‘free points’ because the Grace AGM and Revolution SDA high schools that were supposed to compete against them failed to show up for their debates.
Also in zone four, Bushrod Island’s D. Tweh defeated Zion Assembly of God by 76.86 to 57.89 points.
In all of the four zones, only the encounter between Effort Baptist Church School and School of Prime Systems (SPS) in zone two (Paynesville City) ended in a 72 to 76 win for SPS.
Earlier in zone four, Diana E. Davies ruined St. Edward Catholic, defeating it 83.49 to 58.9.
In zone one (central Monrovia), the host, B.W. Harris, lost to William V.S Tubman 67.32 to 80.24. The competition was held over the weekend.
Meanwhile, the founder of Devine Events and Consultancy, which is hosting the competition, Alex Devine, has hailed the various school teams for living up to their commitment by their full participation.
“Our goal of organizing this tournament is to totally eradicate this whole super Friday thing that was distracting the minds of our students,” Mr. Devine said.
He added that the debate was initiated to encourage and inspire academic excellence among students as well as build their respective intellectual capacities.