KAMPALA, UGANDA: The 2023 National Speech and Debate Championship ended last week with Bushenyi Parental Care Nursery and Primary School crowned as champions in the junior category.
Parental Care (in the affirmative) edged Bright Grammar Primary School, Masaka (in the negative) to emerge winners in the debate finals held on Friday, May 12, at the Parliament of Uganda chambers in Kampala.
The competition was centred around sharpening learners’ minds on issues to do with strengthening transparency, accountability, and anti-corruption as the only way to boost the country’s development.
In the senior category, St. Mary’s College Kisubi (SMACK) defeated Kawempe Muslim Secondary School to be crowned champions of the 11th edition held under a motion, “Deepening Transparency, Accountability and Anti-Corruption Among Young People.”
SMACK won on a 4:3 split against Kawempe Muslim Secondary School with the judges of the day appreciating their analytical skills, research, and eloquence which elevated them to the pinnacle of debating excellence.
The Executive Director of PPDA, Benson Turamye, who was the chief guest at the function welcomed the articulation and the confidence that was exhibited by the young people and called upon Ugandans not to shy away while fighting corruption.
“It is every citizen’s responsibility to fight corruption including the young and old. Let’s do a drive to shame the corrupt,” said Turamye.
It should be noted that Bushenyi Parental Care is not only good at debating but also known popularly for its academic prowess demonstrated by its highest number of first grades annually, maintaining the pace for the last couple of years.
The competitions attracted schools like Kawempe Muslim Secondary School, St. Mary’s College Kisubi (SMACK), Bright Grammar Primary School, and Masaka, among others only to be floored by Bushenyi Municipality’s Parental Care Nursery and Primary School.
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