Heads of Educational Institutions in the country have been advised to encourage the holding of debates among students in their schools.
Nana Kobina Osei Nketia, the former Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Director of Education gave the exhortation when speaking at a keenly contested debate between the Sekondi College (SEKCO) and the Ghana Secondary, Technical School (GSTS) at Inchaban, near Sekondi on Saturday.
The Motion for discussion was “Co-Education is better than Single Sex Education”.
Nana Nketia indicated that debates are useful educational exercises which prepare and train students in public speaking skills, as well as how to argue cogently and convincingly on issues.
Nana Nketia noted that through debates students again exhibit their potentials and build their confidence to speak in public.
He emphasised that public speaking is not an easy task, as the presence of a crowd in itself poses pressure on the speakers and so the earlier students were exposed to debates, the better it would be for them prepare in their future public speaking engagement.
Nana Nketia further charged Headteachers and Headmistresses to organise debates for their students to help them speak eloquently and persuasively.
Earlier in an address Mr. Anthony Rhule, the Assistant Headmaster of SEKCO had said the debate forms part of a series of activities lined up for 60th anniversary celebration of SEKCO, slated for December this year.
At the end of the session, SEKCO were declared winners with 248 points as against 246 points obtained by GSTS who spoke against the motion.
Nana Nketia congratulated and urged them not to be complacent in their but studies.
He also praised the GSTS for the gallant fight they put up.