We were going to have the first debate in 2006 … where have the years gone? Each time we were close to launching the first debate, political unrest and security concerns in the city resulted in unforeseen school closures. As a result, schools got busy working extra hours and Saturdays too, to make up for lost time. The uncertainty regarding the beginning of the academic year has also contributed to this delay, since it effects school examinations, and close to exam time, schools are generally not willing to engage in anything, other than exam prep.
Early in 2008, we were all set to launch a debate on Competition in Education. Our opinion poll was changed to match the topic of the debate. You can look at our Opinion Poll by scrolling down to the bottom of: http://trconline.org/
Competition is destructive and undermines self-esteem. So far, there are only 63 votes.Â Â Â Â Â 83% agreed and 17% disagreed
Anyway, the panel of debaters had all agreed and then backed out saying it was exam time. Luckily, we had not yet announced any dates for the debate.
Early this year (January 2009) at our Annual General Meeting, we announced that the Debates would definitely be held this year. Good News: Ms. Azra Raza, our chairperson, responded that she had a sponsor for us.
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