Critical thinking tested at debate competition

THE English Language Debating Competition was hosted by St Andrew’s School, for the Upper Secondary students in April last year. The competition, organised by Akli Unit, Department of Co-Curriculum Education, was held to generate effective critical thinking into primary issues in the given topics.

The Chung Hua Middle School (CHMS), KB team consisted of three speakers, Novanda Bardia Wahid, Muhd Ambree Nazri bin Ahmad and Chin Hui Ling, coached by teachers Felicia Nicholas and Maria Dahlia In the preliminary round, CHMS KB went against SSMSA to debate on the topic ‘Pen is mightier than sword’.

CHMS KB emerged as victor of the round and Chin Hui Ling was even awarded with the title of ‘The Best Debater’. In the next round (quarter-finals), CHMS competed against Katok Secondary School and triumphed in the debate for the topic ‘Males make better chefs’.

The semi-final round witnessed an intense fight against the host school, St Andrew’s School in the topic ‘We can get all nourishment from a vegetarian diet’.

However, CHMS KB did not claim victory to go to the final round. Despite that, the students have greatly benefitted from the experience as they have become more courageous and confident in speaking out their opinions and have learnt the important skills of researching, organising, and presenting arguments in a compelling fashion.

Members of the debate team