School Holds Maiden Senior Debate

Filed in Education by on March 28, 2013

School holds maiden senior debate

Mrs-Otukelu-presenting-a-prize-to-students-from-Reverend-Payne-Memorial-College-660x330The Reverend Payne Memorial College, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, has held its maiden senior secondary schools Literary and Debating Group Day.

Various activities ranging from debate, dance session, news casting, quiz and many other competitions featured.

The debate was between the host school represented by Deborah Payne, Akinlosotu Ronke, Abdul Akorede, and Salami Oyinkesola, while Teens International School was represented by Ogunpitan Festus, Oladele Lekan, Adefulu Ahmed and Jaiyeola Precious.

At the end of the competition, Reverend Payne Memorial College emerged winner in the former. In the latter, however, both shared 55 points but the host conceded the victory to the visiting school for honouring the invitation.

Contestants were asked to show their creativity on the motion: The Menace of Corruption in Nigeria: Who is to blame without speaking either in support or against the motion.

Speaking during the debate, Festus said the government is responsible for the menace in the country.

He said: “They (governments) use public funds for personal purchases, and increase tax thereby pushing people into corruption. They are also responsible for the incompetence in our electoral processes.”

Ronke said parents are responsible for the corruption in the society. “They buy their children’s way to school, when the children get to school they also rely on buying their way through school.”

She didn’t leave lecturers out of it. Ronke accused them of failing students who refuse to buy their textbooks or hand-outs. “The menace of corruption can be traced to every single individual,” she argued.

Speaking at the event, President, Academic of Letters Prof Segun Odunuga, told the pupils to always participate in debates and quiz competitions, as it will help them develop their confidence, and perform well in exams. Speaking on the topic of the debate, Odunuga said the society is responsible for the corruption.

The proprietor of the two-year old school led Mr Babatunde Payne, counsel the participants on tips to academic success.

He said: “You have done well but put in more effort next time. Some of you may be chosen later in life to go and represent your school. Therefore, you need to research more on any given topic.”

He said that their teachers are hard on them today, because they want them to succeed in future.

Mrs Doni Otukelu, a former principal, who was also in attendance advised the pupils to face their studies, noting that is the only thing they can use to appreciate their parents’ efforts.

She noted that it is possible for the children to define their future now.

“Start working towards whatever you want to become in future. Don’t relent on whatever you are doing. Put to good use whatever you learn in school. It is how you lay your bed that you will lie on it. Always prepare ahead of every competition,” she urged.

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