Sixteen secondary schools in Ipoh participated in the 47th Rotary Club of Ipoh’s annual inter-school debate competition, with eight schools each in Groups A and B respectively. Spanning two weeks, the competition culminated with the final held at the Royal Ipoh Club recently. SMK St Michael took on SMK Tarcisian Convent in Group A while SMK Jalan Tasek faced SMJK Sam Tet in Group B.
In a lively debate, Group A’s proposer, the team from SMK St. Michael, comprising twins Kenneth and Kevin Mano, and Amardas Singh Sandu, was declared the winner. The motion was, “Satellite TV would be better without advertisements.” Kenneth was adjudged best speaker. The school last won this prestigious competition three years ago.
In the Group B, the team from SMJK Sam Tet, who spoke against the motion, “Parents rather than teachers should take responsibility for children’s sex education” won the debate. Mah Song Wei, from the winning team, was adjudged best speaker.
Prior to announcing the winning teams, chief judges of Groups A and B, Mrs Shirley Lim and Puspavalli gave pointers on how to improve the teams’ performances and in general, on debating.
Guest of honour, YM Tengku Hamzah bin Tuan Ismail, Kinta District Deputy Education Officer, presented trophies to the finalists. The winning teams also took home Rotary Club of Ipoh’s challenge trophy.
Rotary Club of Ipoh President, N. Jawahar, in his speech said that the club’s inter-school debates were a good grounding for the future of debaters.