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Bregado Flax defeats Claudia Creque in debate finals

Members of the winning Bregado Flax Educational Centre debate team, Kadija Roberts (left) and Johanna Gibson, pose with the winning trophy after defeating Claudia Creque Educational Centre in the debate finals. Photo: supplied
Members of the Claudia Creque Educational Centre debate team, Lawrence Kirton-Wheatley (left) and Revvone White, opposed the moot: 'An additional year should be added to the Secondary Schools’ requirement for Graduation'. Photo: VINO/File
Members of the Claudia Creque Educational Centre debate team, Lawrence Kirton-Wheatley (left) and Revvone White, opposed the moot: 'An additional year should be added to the Secondary Schools’ requirement for Graduation'. Photo: VINO/File
PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI – Bregado Flax Educational Centre of Virgin Gorda have emerged victorious over the Claudia Creque Educational Centre in the finals of the 2013 Secondary School Debate competition.

Johanna Gibson of Bregado Flax was adjudged best speaker as the curtains came down on the debates last evening, March 13, 2013 at the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC).

The schools debated the moot, “An additional year should be added to the Secondary Schools’ requirement for Graduation”; Claudia Creque Educational Centre proposed while Bregado Flax Educational Centre presented opposing arguments.

Claudia Creque Educational Centre was represented by Lawrence Kirton-Wheatley and Revvone White while Kadijah Roberts was the other speaker for Bregado Flax Educational Centre in the finals.

In her rebuttal, Kadeja Roberts of Bregado Flax expressed that Five years is a long time for students attending secondary school and it was her team’s position that many students exceed that time. “We already have school-leavers who are 18, 19 and sometimes 20 years old. These students are tired of having to spend six or seven years in school and wish to move on,” Roberts said.

She further stated, “What we really need is some serious reconstruction for our curriculum so that way we can use the time more efficiently and effectively. Quantity does not mean quality.”

Roberts indicated that “school-leavers are exposed to many career days to [have] on-the-job training and other programmes like that which are designed to help them prepare for the life outside of high school.”

She asked rhetorically whether these programmes were wasted on school leavers and also whether 18 and 19 year-olds exhibit certain levels of maturity. “When will they become mature?” Roberts questioned.

Roberts also proposed that employers have a duty to provide training for the new employees.

Meanwhile, Claudia Creque’s Wheatley argued, “We are in the year 2013, the students of today are plagued by more social problems and general disregard for books and an [obsessive] attachment to mobile devices. They have proven to be a great distraction on and off school compound[s]. We cannot compare ourselves to the older generation. Times have changed and so have we.”

He urged that an additional year would offer students more time to complete the curriculum while suggesting they be given an opportunity to do more on-the-job training and an opportunity to become mature enough to handle life outside of high school.

“The fact that we are here to debate adding an additional year to the secondary graduation requirement speaks volumes about the current set up,” Kirton Wheatley said.

“It is a failure. It might have been ok in the past, but times have changed. People have changed,” he continued. “We deserve better, this country deserves better. Give us that additional year in order to help us become better prepared, to secure a place in this competitive world.”

The Ministry of Education and Culture hosted a series of debates among the Territory’s secondary schools leading up to Education Week 2013 with a focus on developing critical thinking and research skills.

Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn announced last year that the Department of Education will resume debates as a step towards fostering academic competitions among the Territory’s public and private secondary schools.

The Education Minister stated that science fairs, debates, spelling and general knowledge competitions and even business fairs allow students who are academically inclined to have opportunities to flex their brain muscles. The Secondary schools debates was one of several activities being planned in observance of Education Week 2013 which is being held this week, March 10 to 16 under the theme, “Creating a Culture of Excellence Through Prevention and Intervention.”

Claudia Creque Educational Centre defeated Elmore Stoutt High School inthe semi-finals while Bregado Flax defeated St George's with the highest points in the competition during the preliminary rounds to advance to the finals. Other participants in this year's debate competition included the Seventh Day Adventist School and Cedar International School. 

15 Responses to “Bregado Flax defeats Claudia Creque in debate finals”

  • qc (14/03/2013, 08:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations BFEC! OH Yea show them how it is done.
  • zoe (14/03/2013, 08:35) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    I must say the sister islands schools have been exceptional
  • report (14/03/2013, 08:43) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yea yea BFEC. we Proud of you.
  • farmer brown (14/03/2013, 08:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats young ladies..... Good job
  • virgin gorda (14/03/2013, 09:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wonderful news.
  • --------------- (14/03/2013, 09:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    thumbs up Bregado Flax
  • PaigeSummers (14/03/2013, 09:40) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations BFEC and all the other schools that participated. This is truly a way forward for us in the development of public speaking. I applaud the Ministry of Education for their continued efforts in ensuring that our educational system comes up to speed with the rest of the world. Looking forward to see CAPE and Cambridge exams added.
    • @PaigeSummers (14/03/2013, 11:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Indeed, all the schools have done well. I am especially proud that the schools on our sister islands have done exceptionally well and are in the spotlight! Congratulations to both teams! Kudos also to the teachers and others who helped in preparing the students for the debates.

      Paige, I replied to your comment simply to reiterate the offerings of the external exams. There was a time when we sat the Cambridge exams and BVI students excelled. The external exams, whether CXC, CAPE, Cambridge, et cetera, are important as benchmarks in assessing how academically equipped our BVI students are in competing on the global stage.

  • Princess (14/03/2013, 16:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    BF kicking @$$ and dem want to remove the head teacher just because of politics

  • well done (15/03/2013, 07:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    BFEC continues to shine once again.
    congratulations to Kadie and JoJo and the teachers especially Mrs Fenty and Mrs Evelyn. You guys keep up the good work
  • shugaba (22/09/2017, 07:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I really appreciate for the debate from both team, especially bregado flax .

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