Debate, quiz, will improve communication, research skills – Commissioner

Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Ms. Folasade Adefisayo said competitions such as debates, quizzes, spelling bees and other activities will improve communication and research skills students.

Speaking at the welcoming ceremony of the 61st anniversary of the independence of the President’s National Interscholastic Debating Championship, Adefisayo, who was represented by the Director of Special Functions and Innovation, Mr. Adebayo Adeyemi, said “The fundamental objectives of the competition are to help students improve their eloquence. skills, increase their vocabulary and develop correct use of the English language; create good reading habits that will lead to better academic results; and build participants’ confidence to prepare them for future projects.

“It is imperative to note that as a state, we have incorporated these various competitions, such as debate, quiz, spelling and other activities to be an integral part of the state’s annual school schedule. .”

She also commended the foresight and commitment of the contest organizers, saying that it had indeed provided a strong platform for unity and national cohesion among Nigerian children.

Also speaking, the National Coordinator of the President’s School Debate Nigeria, Mr. Dare Oritu said, “We have quite a small number of participating states in this year’s championship. This was because some state governments insisted that their state ministries of education oversee lower secondary matters, which had previously been the responsibility of SUBEBs. Despite the limited number of states participating in this year’s championship, I am very optimistic that we will have a successful and smooth championship.

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