JIS News

As the Jamaica Information Service (JIS)/Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo) Heritage Debate 2005 competition heats up, first and second round champions Cornwall College of St. James and Petersfield High of Westmoreland, locked horns in a keenly contested match on Wednesday (Oct. 26) from which Cornwall College emerged winners.
Cornwall beat their rivals by a slim margin of 231 to 228.
And with Montego Bay High overpowering Knockalva Comprehensive High for the right to move on, the stage has been set for an exciting final between Cornwall College and Montego Bay on November 3.
Eight high schools from across western Jamaica argued the moot ‘Be it resolved that National Hero the Right Excellent Norman Manley was more renowned for his legal than his political skills’. In all the matches played so far, teams have demonstrated excellent research, debating and oratory presentation skills, thoroughly examining and revealing the political and legal contributions of the late National Hero to Jamaica’s growth and development during the post independence period.
Chief Judge in the Cornwall/Petersfield match Marjorie Laden-Vernon, who is also Regional Director for the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), told JIS News that a competition of this nature was timely as it gave students an opportunity to know more about the National Heroes, and to appreciate their overall contribution to the country’s rich and colourful history.
“I am very pleased to be associated with the JIS Heritage Debate Competition and found the students involved to be very studious and represented their schools well . the high level of research that went into the preparations were quite evident and this would have exposed the students to a lot of information and if they are internalizing, it will certainly and most definitely do them well”, Mrs. Laden-Vernon said.
The JIS/JPSCo Heritage Debate Competition, held annually, is being carried out in all regions covered by the JIS namely; Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Mandeville, May Pen, Port Antonio and Kingston.