By Afedzi Abdullah, GNA
Cape Coast, March 8, GNA – Students from the Holy Child Senior High School (SHS) on Wednesday beat two other schools to emerge winner of an Inter-Schools Debate held at the University of Cape Coast.
The debate, which provided students the platform to express their arguments on the motion "students should be allowed to use mobile phones in school”- featured Holy Child, Adisadel College and Edinaman SHS.
It was organised by the Cape Coast branch of the Ghana Science Association (GSA) with the aim of engaging the students in a healthy and competitive intellectual discourse to unravel some of the pros and cons of the use of modern technology.
The Holy Child School had 90 points to carry the day and as part of their prize, received a plaque, certificates and cash.
Edinaman SHS scored 82 points to place second and also received a plaque, certificates and a cash prize while Adisadel College received a cash prize for placing third.
The competition was described by many spectators present as “impressive’’ and a great step that encouraged discussions that were constructive, useful, and supported meaningful exchanges that promoted awareness on complex national issues.
Holy Child, led by Nana Ekua Yeboah, argued against the motion saying, allowing SHS students to use mobile phones in school would increase examination malpractices, destroy moral, social and socio-economic fabric of the Ghanaian society and also become an extra cost to parents.
Rather, they said it is required that well-furnished computer and ICT laboratories were established at the various schools for students to do research and make learning easy for them.
The Adisadel College and Edinaman SHS on the other hand argued for the motion and stressed it would make learning easy, improve standard of education, enhance easy communication between parents and their wards among others.
Not losing sight of some negative effects of allowing students to use mobile phones, they proposed that a conscious efforts must be made to educate students on how to use mobile phones responsibly.
“Now that students are not allowed to use mobile phones, it is evident that they are using them, why not legalise it and monitor how they use them?” they argued.
Addressing the students at the end of the debate, the President of Cape-Coast branch of GSA,Professor Victor Y. Barku, expressed appreciation to the participating schools and commended the students for their insightful submissions.
He said the debate was to motivate and whip up students interest in the study of science saying that, science and technology was the springboard for the forward match of every nation.
He underscored the importance of science and indicated that it was the duty of GSA to continue to educate the public with regards to the use of science and technology and to motivate young ones to take up courses in science.
“We know that science is the bedrock for the development of every nation so without science we cannot develop. That is why we have to catch them young” he said.
“This is why it is mandatory for members of GSA to continuously undertake projects to popularize science and whip up the interest among students to pursue science,” he added.
He said the motion was chosen to re-agitate the ongoing discussion on the subject matter for the best decision to be taken in the interest of all parties.
He said GSA was encouraged based on the performances of the students and remained committed to intensify their activities to woo more students to study science.