Debate final will be a big contest

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 March, 2012, 12:00am

The 12th Nesta-SCMP Debating Competition Grand Final will kick off at 4:40pm on March 6 at Academic Community Hall, HKBU, in Kowloon Tong.

The final will feature a team each from TWGHs Kap Yan Directors' College and Diocesan Girls' School.

They will argue the motion: 'China's plan to put a person on the moon will benefit its people.'

Kap Yan, last year's winner, wants to carry home the trophy again.

'We have a team of Form Six students who are on their study vacation. We did research and looked at both sides of the argument,' said Ian Sanderson, the team's coach.

'We developed a Kap Yan convincibility index to measure the convincibility of each of the arguments raised by debaters. The index works on a scale of one to 10 and arguments that score less than five will not be used.'

The team's debaters are practising hard. 'We practise in the school hall with a microphone to help debaters get used to the competition's environment,' Sanderson said. 'I also taught students relaxation techniques to help them calm down.'

Sanderson stressed that the debate's main objective was education. 'We'd like to win but we are also interested in learning and doing our best,' he said.

You can book your place in the audience for the final. For details, send an e-mail to debating@


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