PUPILS from Nelson Mandela Bay townships and northern areas got together this week for a debate on a range of issues including social media and regular police patrols in schools.
The debate, which was held at the Motherwell Police Station, saw pupils from Motherwell’s Dumani Primary, Motherwell High School, Khulile Primary School and Bethelsdorp’s Triomf Primary School battle it out and proceeding to the quarterfinals.
About 20 schools took part in the debating competition. The semifinals take place today.
An air of sheer excitement hovered in the hall as the pupils voiced their opinions on matters relating to teenagers.
Triomf Primary School teacher Dorothy Johnson said this was their school’s first ever debate and the pupils were well- prepared.
“The students were well- researched and they had an opportunity to learn more. They got a chance to meet different pupils and hear different opinions. And they did well,” Johnson said.
Event co-ordinator Lubabalo Mseleni trained the pupils and prepared them for the day.
“The pupils worked hard and were eager to learn while I trained them. The competition is indeed growing,” he said.
The pupils said they felt everything had gone well and they had a great experience.
“I believe our school did its best and I learned so much. Hard work definitely pays off,” Swartkops Primary pupil Ubhongo Rhayi said. – Chanice Koopman