The Ghana Education Service as part of the activities to mark the 60th Independence anniversary of Ghana held the 20th Interschool’s debate under the theme “Mobilisation For Ghana’S Future: The Youth Are Key Stakeholders In National Development”.
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The debate which took place at the GNAT Hall in Accra had Pope John Senior High School and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology SHS facing off in the keenly contested event.
Both schools had manage to reach the grand finale out of over 700 participating schools.
The two schools represented the Northern and Southern zones respectively. While KNUST SHS was against the motion that the youth were the future leaders and key stakeholders that Ghana needed for sustainable development, Pope John SHS was in favour of the motion. Each of the schools were able to put out some strong points to back their motion which saw the crowd shouting and clapping with admiration.
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At the end of the tough contest Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology SHS was proclaimed by a member of the National Media Commission, Dr. Doris Yaa Dartey as the winner of the grand finale. They took home laptops, an amount of GHC1,500 and a 42-inch TV for their school while Pope John SHS who emerged the second were given laptops and a 42-inch TV for their school.
Speaking during the debate, The Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, encouraged the students to make use of opportunities so as to help contribute to policies that would ensure smooth governance of the country.
He also advised the students to use the competition and other school activities to learn and be able to express themselves well in the English language since the competition will help boost their self-confidence and also help them to become creative and critical thinkers.