Puncturing holes in the speculation that private schools are better than public schools, Epe Senior Grammer School, Epe, has won the 5th edition of the Lagos State Ministry of Education Schools’ Debate held on Thursday 15th May at Lagos Television Complex.
The challenge had over 300 private and public schools compete in preliminary stages and were cut down to 62 schools which qualified and competed through the elimination stages leaving six finalists from three schools for the grand finale.
Arguing against the topic Leadership is not a problem in Nigeria but followership, Amusa Zainab and support speaker, Olabode Kaosara, took the first price of N500,000 to their school Epe Senior Grammer School, Epe, with a total of 79.63 points, while CMS Girls Senior Grammer School, Bariga, with a difference of 0.5 points came second bagging N350,000 for the 79.13 points Orekoya Bukola and Ayenuro Victoria garnered arguing for the topic.
Meiran Community Senior High School, Meiran came third, as Ogunmuko Oluwabusola and James Oluwa-Tomisin argued against the topic Employment is not the problem in Nigeria but mental poverty of graduates. With 69.5 points they went to school with N200,000, while their opponents from Lagos Progressive Senior Secondary School, Surulere, who argued for the topic got N100,000 for 68 points.
The debate which is aimed at building research skills, confidence and communication skills in students, also featured six individual speakers selected for their outstanding performance who debated on respective topics for cash prices.
Debating on the topic The Discovery of Petroleum is a Curse to Nigeria and not a Blessing, Adeyemi kehinde of Vetland Senior Grammer School, Ifako Ijaiye, came first with 35 points and went home with N75,000. Lawal Jeremiah of Isheri Senior Grammer School, Isheri, on the topic Nigerians should have the right to bear arms, got N50,000 as reward for getting 33.3 points in second position. (Vanguard)