Barbados Accreditation Council launches its debut National Secondary School Debate Competition for November, 2013
The Barbados Accreditation Council is hosting its inaugural National Secondary School Debate Competition during the month of November, 2013 at the Barbados Public Workers Cooperative Credit Union (BPWCCU). The preliminary rounds will be held on November 5, 6 and 7, 2013 from 12:00 – 3:00pm in the Training Room of the BPWCCU; and the finals on November 27, 2013.
The six schools which have entered the competition – Alexandra, Frederick Smith Secondary, Harrison’s College, Princess Margaret, Springer Memorial and The St Michael School – will be debating the topics as follows:
- Preliminary Rounds – The Integration of Technology in the Classroom Increases Student Engagement
- Finals – The Extensive Use of Social Media Has a Negative Impact on the Quality of Written Expression
The debate will require the students to research issues, organize and analyze data, make references from the data, reason, recognize and critique different methods of reason, and comprehend decision-making processes.
The Council has been conducting Information Sessions with the 4th and 5th formers of the secondary schools in Barbados for the past 6 years as a part of its community outreach. These sessions provide important one-on-one interactions and offer opportunities to address queries and to disseminate vital information. Members of the public are welcomed to attend the debates.