Pope John Senior High School, Koforidua in the Eastern Region has won this year’s Independence National Debate Competition for senior high schools.
The two-member team grabbed a total of 70 points to take the lead, while their opponents, St James Seminary from Abesim in the Brong Ahafo Region followed closely with 68.01 points.
The debaters for Pope John made a strong presentation, emphasising the need for political parties to put aside their political differences sometimes and share ideas for the total development of the nation.
The theme for this year’s debate was, “Partnership Among Political Parties is the Panacea for Innovation in Development”. The Pope John team spoke in favour of the motion while St James spoke against it.
For their prize, Pope John was presented with a desktop computer, a cash prize of ¢1,500 and certificates of honour for the speakers. St James who came second, also had a desktop computer, ¢1000 and certificates.
Pope John represented the Southern Zone while St James represented the Northern Zone.
The speakers for the motion were Zuriel Ollenu and Emmanuel Bosu while those against the motion were Emmanuel Kantam Duut and Tetteh Kodjo-Sarso.
Story by Hadiza Nuhhu-Billa Quansah