The quality of written communication is declining, says debate facilitator at the Alexandra School,
Rosemary Rudder. And she is calling for something to be done urgently to pull it back.
The Alexandra School are the winners of the inaugural National Secondary
Speaking at this morning’s presentation of prizes to the top two teams at the Barbados
Accreditation Council in Roebuck Street, she stressed the need for such debates to continue. The
moot of the debate this year was The Extensive Use Of Social Media Has A Negative
Impact On The Quality Of Written Communication.
Rudder stated that as an educator, interacting daily with students, she saw first-hand why such
a programme was so critical.
“The moot . . . is very timely, as there is an issue of burning concern with most educators: the
issue of quality of written expression at all levels, even at the university level. [There] has been a big
concern about students entering the university and their inability to articulate their ideas creatively,
effectively – and the influence of the Internet on the student’s ability to express themselves
effectively,” she said.
The debate, she said, not only gave participants the opportunity to relay and showcase their skills
in presenting arguments, but it also gave them an occasion to foster camaraderie, teamwork and
school spirit. Rudder said, particularly with respect to the Alexandra YAPS (Young Articulate Public
Speakers), that winning this debate was not just a victory for the club, but a triumph for the entire
Alexandra School body.
The YAPS team comprised Isobella Burnham, Aliyah Reid and Kobie Broomes. Among the prizes
they earned was a smart board, which Rudder vowed to put to good use to enhance teaching,
learning and indeed preparation for defending the title next year.
Second place went to The St Michael School, which included Benjamin Pires, Janaé Kellman and
Other participating schools were Springer Memorial, Harrison College, Princess Margaret
Secondary and the Frederick Smith Secondary.
In congratulating all participants, Barbados Accreditation Council (BAC) chairman Yvonne Walkes
also highlighted the importance of the debate. She said the BAC saw this initiative as a critical
component of its educational campaign to create a greater awareness of the concept of quality in
education at the secondary level.
“It is . . . critical to address issues that affect the quality of secondary education,” she said. (KC)