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General News of Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Double-track surfaces at Luv FM High School Debate as OWASS defeats KOSS

Opoku Ware School (OWASS) has progressed to the quarter-final stage of the maiden Luv FM High School Debate after triumphing over Konongo Odumase Senior High School (KOSS).

The Akatakyie scored 220 points against KOSS' 211 on Monday afternoon the contest at Christian Service University College.

One of the controversial issues in education management was put in the spotlight when the two schools locked horns in the third contest of the debate.

The boys from OWASS and girls from KOSS also gave the Ghana Education Service a lot of clues as to whether or not to maintain its restriction on the use of mobile phones in second-cycle institutions.

They debated on the topic: “Use of Mobile Phones in Senior High Schools must be Encouraged.”

OWASS, represented by Antwi Boasiako Brempong and Kwadwo Poku Acheampong, argued in favour of the motion and indicated that a mobile phone has become a tool for research and storage of information.

They argued that besides making access to information faster and handy, the modern communication device can relieve students of the burden of carrying voluminous books.

The Akatakyie boys believe mobile phones could facilitate the formation of study groups, both on and off the school environment to enhance academic work through knowledge sharing.

They are convinced that the newly-introduced double track system could make a bigger impact if lessons were shared through mobile phones for students on green and gold tracks.

They indicated that the negative use of mobile phones should not be a barrier since that can be managed.

KOSS, on the other hand, argued that despite current restriction, examination malpractices have worsened in recent years in addition to high rate of interference and distraction of academic work in and out of the classroom.

Other points raised by KOSS include falling standards of English Language because students prefer to writing short internet slangs instead of in full words even in examination halls.

But in the end, arguments from OWASS triumphed over KOSS’.