Wednesday, 23 September 2015: After intense preparation, eighteen of the nation’s twenty-three secondary schools began to argue their cases in the preliminary round of the 2015 GRENLEC Debates. Defending Champion, Bishop’s College automatically qualifies for the second round of competition.
Participating schools are excited about the opportunity to enhance their students’ research, analytical and oratory skills and have embraced the challenge of this national project. The 114 debaters and 38 coaches are supported by their school and wider communities as they vie for the coveted championship.
The Grenlec Debates were born out of an initiative organised by the Media Workers’ Association and sponsored by Grenlec. The Company revived the competition in 2008 and manages it with support from the Association of School Principals, the Ministry of Education, as well as private and public sector volunteers.
Expressing her Company’s pleasure with the schools’ participation and the national attention the Grenlec Debates enjoy, Prudence Greenidge, Corporate Communications Manager noted, “The themes for this year’s competition include School Life, Health and Technology. The motions have been developed to challenge our students to engage with current issues that are relevant to our nation’s development. Having hosted a training workshop for coaches earlier in the year, we anticipate and exciting season, as well as further improvements in research and dialogue”.
On 16 November, the final match will decide the 2015 Championship School, which will be awarded the Challenge trophy, in addition to individual prizes and a $50,000 school project. The second and third place schools will receive project awards of $20,000 and $7,000 respectively.
Broadcast of the televised debates will begin with highlights of the preliminary round on the weekend of 10th October.