The Debating competition is for Grade 6 learners only and will run alongside the Growsmart Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Story writing competitions, although it will be completely separate from it.
There are two teams competing with three learners each - of which the one team offers a proposition and the other, an opposition. Each learner will have a specific role within the team:
1. Learner one has to present the lay the foundation of the proposition by defining the motion.
2. Learner two has to give motive or research-based support for their argument.
3. Learners three does the reply speech (conclusion).
In general, four minutes in total is allowed per learner. The first minute consists of speaking (no points of information are allowed during this time). Minute two and three allows for unprotected time, where points of information are allowed. The speaker will be allowed 15 seconds between each point of information. The reply (concluding) speech is two minutes long.