Between November 4 to November 7, schools in Kolkata witnessed a battle of words as Calcutta Boys School hosted the 5th edition of the Clifford Hicks Inter School Debate. The standard has only scaled higher this year and invited schools from Dubai.
This year, too, the debate was held in two categories, Category 1 for classes XI and XII; Category 2 for classes-IX and X, with prelims and finals following. The seven finalist teams from prelims qualified for the final round in each category.
Topics contested during the four-day-long sessions ranged from the use off CCTV in schools as a necessary evil, voting to be made mandatory for all Indian citizens to social media as impeding communication and development of artificial intelligence a dangerous development.
The three categories had winning teams from La Martinere for Boys, Kolkata Bishop’s School Camp, Pune and the host school Calcutta Boys School. The finals saw Ishani Basu from La Martinere for Girls, Kolkata emerging as the runner up with the best speaker as Rayan Chakravarty from Birla High School and the winning team being Birla High School itself.
The chief guest for the closing ceremony was Gerry Arathoon, chief executive and secretary Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations said: “All our ICSE schools have performed extremely well. Earlier this year, we had the Frank Anthony debate. Topics were really well thought of and we really enjoyed every moment, spent here.”
John McGee, principal of Calcutta Boys School added, “This is in honour of Clifford Hicks, he was an orator and in his memory we want to keep the spirit of debating alive.”
Source: Times of India