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04.03.2009 General News

52nd Independence Day Debate Held

By ISD (Rita Dakudzie, Nana Yaa Frempong & Rachel Narh)

A debate has been held as part of activities to mark Ghana's 52nd Independence Day celebrations. It was on the topic, 'the African concept of governance is more favourable for unity than the western concept.'

The debate, which was held yesterday in Accra, was between two Senior High schools who were winners from the two zones in the country. Konongo Odumase Senior High School represented the Northern Sector of the country whiles Achimota School represented the Southern Sector.

Achimota School defended the motion and was represented by Masters Aryee Ebenezer Kobbie and Khartey Godfred Nii Sowah whiles Konongo Odumase High School spoke against the motion and was represented by Master Caleb Mensa Bonsu and Miss Emmanuella Asiedu.

Konongo Odumase High school emerged winners of the debate after interesting and intelligible presentations from both schools. 

The Minister of Education, Honorable Alex Tetteh Enyo said lessons that were learnt from the debate should be applied in governance.

He stated that for every issue there are two sides but in expressing views on issues, one should carefully research and have facts and figures to back one's view. This, he said, will help in making intelligible intellectual arguments.

He observed that the knowledge exhibited by the participating schools gives hope for the future. Healthy debating on governance issues should not just be in academia but should also be translated to social life, he added.

Honorable Tetteh Enyo expressed his gratitude to all those who have over the years made the Independence Day debates possible. He urged those in education to create the necessary opportunities for the youth and equip them with the needed knowledge.

He advised students, teachers and heads of schools to support the formation of debating clubs in their schools.

Mr Stephen Ahiawordor, a lawyer and Lecturer at the University of Ghana, who was the chairman, said the youth play a significant role in the Independence struggle and its attainment.

Thus there is the need to involve them in programmes that will enhance their leadership skills. He advised the youth to give of their best when given the opportunity so that good governance will be enhanced in Ghana.