The opening ceremony witnessed a tough encounter between two renowned senior secondary schools, St Peter’s Technical Senior Secondary School and Gambia Senior Secondary School (GSSS), on the topic, “public institutions perform better than private institutions”. St Peter’s spoke for the motion while Gambia SSS spoke against the motion.
In the second part of the debate – the UTG category – the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Natural and Physical Sciences contested on the topic, “ECOWAS Monetary Union Will Not Benefit Small States Like The Gambia” in which the social scientists spoke for the motion while the natural and physical scientist spoke against the motion. At the end it was a victory for St Peter’s and the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences respectively.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the president of UTGDA, Mustapha Kah, called on the students to take the championship seriously as benefits such as scholarships could accrue.
The championship avails students the opportunity to argue on academic topics that are relevant to their studies. It equally inculcates the spirit of research in students which is key in academia. It also helps them to develop their public speaking skills. This years’ championships are organised in partnership with BAYBA financial services. The championships continue.