JIS News

Eight schools from Manchester and St. Elizabeth are down to participate in the annual JIS/JPS Regional heritage debate competition on November 29 at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
The moot to be debated is: ‘Be it resolved that the Rt. Excellent Norman Washington Manley’s vision for a new Jamaica and the wider Caribbean has, to a large extent, not been achieved’.
Munro College is the defending champion, but the school should be hard pressed to retain its title, as strong competition is expected from Decarteret College, Hampton High, Manchester High, Bishop Gibson High, St. Elizabeth Technical High, Lacovia High and Holmwood Technical High Schools.
Director of Production at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Ian Boyne has said that over the years, the JIS/JPS series of heritage debate competitions have helped to instill “a positive patriotic attitude” in the lives of many young persons.
“We believe that our programme serve to bring to life, many of the facts, circumstances as well as difficulties surrounding the various experiences that our forefathers had to go through.it certainly helps our student participants to develop proper research skills as well as to use the process of debate and dialogue to arrive at rational solutions,” he explained.
“Our citizens need to learn how to make use of the spoken word, they need to learn how to address each other with respect and how to present an argument. they need to recognize the invaluable contribution made by our heroes and heroine,” he added.
Schools interested in sending a representative to the event can telephone the JIS regional office in Mandeville at 962-0827 or by e-mail at jismdvl@jis.gov.jm