Jamaica’s use of on-line education is to be explored in sturdy discussions by 18 college students from six tertiary establishments within the third renewal of the Sam Sharpe Academics’ Faculty (SSTC) Western Tertiary Debates.
The moot for the knockout competitors, which was revealed at a digital launch on Wednesday, February 24, is: ‘On-line education has at all times been the gateway to an efficient and productive schooling system, nevertheless, Jamaica continues to lag behind.’
The preliminary spherical is to get below means on Wednesday, March 3 with Montego Bay Group Faculty proposing the moot, whereas the College of Know-how (UTech) Jamaica Western Campus opposing.
Additionally proposing are Bethlehem Moravian Faculty and the College of the West Indies (UWI) Western Jamaica Campus, which could have Caribbean Maritime College (CMU) Western Campus and Sam Sharpe Academics’ Faculty, respectively, opposing.
The controversy is endorsed by the Jamaica Affiliation for Debating and Empowerment (JADE), whose founder and Govt Director, Jermaine Barrett, outlined the principles of the talk to the pending individuals.
Moderator for the launch, Sam Sharpe’s High quality Assurance Officer, Derron Davidson, mentioned the talk has grow to be one of many flagship occasions organised by the faculty, noting that “that is in opposition to the backdrop that we stay in a world the place we talk with others on a regular basis.”
Debating is a extra formal means of speaking; it builds confidence and vanity in people,” Davidson advised the debaters.
“If we will communicate publicly and convey our concepts and ideas coherently and passionately, now we have a worthwhile device that may help us in our private and non-private future rise,” he added.
Principal of the SSTC, Dr Lorna Gow Morrison, famous that the talk is the one one in every of its sort in western Jamaica, and mentioned the faculty is utilizing the occasion to proceed to advertise vital pondering inside the tertiary panorama.
“When Sam Sharpe Academics’ Faculty launched the Western Tertiary Debates in 2018, we sought to affect vital evaluation and communication expertise inside a context of aggressive and constructive discourse,” she mentioned.
“By way of this discussion board Sam Sharpe Academics’ Faculty has nurtured the demonstration of upper order pondering expertise as western tertiary establishments negotiate social points that uniquely affect Jamaica’s western parishes,” she elaborated.
The onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) prevented the staging of the talk final 12 months, however it’s again with the assist of sponsors, Member of Parliament (MP) for West Central St James, Marlene Malahoo Forte; the Western Mirror newspaper and Laptop Depot.