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Aderinola Bunmi
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Aspirant, Nigeria.

Over 1,500 public, private and mission primary and secondary schools in Anambra State will perticipate in the 2019 Governor’s Schools Debate Championship.

The Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha, said this while monitoring the preliminary stage of the competition at St. John of God Secondary School, Awka, for institutions in Awka South Local Government Area.

Prof Omenugha said one school would emerge from each of the six education zones of the state that would compete in the finals.

According to her, the competition with the theme: Sustaining the culture of dialogue in Anambra, will expose the participants academically and mould them into better scholars.

“I am excited with the selection process especially with the confidence, assertiveness and convincing power these young ones are developing.

“I am also happy because we are catching them young which is what Governor Willie Obiano is desirous of and we will continue to develop the culture of dialogue among them.

Omenugha further explained that the competition was an opportunity for the state to assess the performance of public and private school pupils.

She said:”The debate offers us the opportunity to assess what we are doing, both in public and private schools and how favourable the public schools are competing with their private counterparts.

“We want Anambra to be where we can export human resources, which is very important. That is why we extended our tentacles to the private schools.

“Part of the dream is to have Anambra debate club so we can further train them and have enough to pool for any competition.

While revealing that the competition was in partnership with Bring It On Africa, Omenugha noted that it was the second in the series and more robust and innovative.

“We give opportunities to everyone to participate which was dependent on how proactive and determined the heads of the school are.

“We also train the teachers and judges so as to be able to groom the students properly,” he said.

On her part, the Zonal Education Officer, Awka Zone, Mrs Ngozi Udoh, said with the performance of the pupils, there was a future for education in the area.

She expressed hope that the winners would represent the state excellently in external debates.

The Bring it on Africa Project Coordinator, Mr Onyedikachi Eneh, noted that the participants were being packaged to deliver on the technical aspects of the debate.

Source: http://thenationonlineng.net/1500-schools-for-governors-debate/

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