Debating

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After a close round, a young junior debater nervously laughed and asked: “Wasn’t this a prepared motion at the world championships? Why is it being used as a junior impromptu motion in Hong Kong?” I didn’t answer, but if I had been pressed I would have said: “Because things have changed.”
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Bon Bong, of Ying Wa, says debating has had a good effect on his posture.
The Nesta-SCMP Inter-school Debating Competition, which began in 2000, has become Hong Kong's largest debating competition...
TWGHS Kap Yan Directors' College student Ben So Hoi-kin makes a point in round six of the 11th Nesta-SCMP debating competition (top) over the merits of genetically modified products
Stewards Pooi Kei College vs Pui Tak Canossian College and TWGHs Kap Yan Directors' College vs St Antonius Girls' College. Motion: What are the advantages and drawbacks of genetically modified product
CCC Ming Kei College student Kelvin Wong Ho-kam (right) makes a point in the Nesta-SCMP debate at Hong Kong Science Museum
HKFEW Wong Cho Bau Secondary School vs CCC Ming Kei College. Motion: Genetically modified products offer more benefits than drawbacks
Third speaker for Stewards Pooi Kei College, Benedict Kung Ho-yan, summarises his team's winning case during the  debate last Thursday.
Stewards Pooi Kei College vs Heep Yunn School. Motion: Having street demonstrations does more good than harm for Hong Kong's progress
Ho Fung College vs SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School. Motion: Facebook enriches social life.
(From left)  Louis Ho Shing-yue, Marco Kwan Yuk-sing and Thomas Chan Yi-tian of Chan Sui Ki (La Salle) College, and Anna Ho Cheuk-yan, Jessica Tam and Benedict Kung Ho-yan of Stewards Pooi Kei College.
Stewards Pooi Kei College vs Chan Sui Ki (La Salle) College. Motion: Facebook enriches your social life.
TWGHs Kap Yan Directors' College team (from left) Jonathan Chan, Grace Chung Cheuk-yan and Alex Fung Cheuk-wang at last Friday's debate.
TWGHs Kap Yan Directors' College vs China Holiness Church Living Spirit College. Motion: "Facebook enriches our social life"
Ying Wa College student Bong Bon speaks during the Nesta-SCMP Inter-School Debating Competition. Bon's team went through to the next round.
Ying Wa College vs St Francis Xavier's School. Motion: Facebook enriches our social life
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Diocesan Boys' School vs Methodist College. Motion: the minimum wage law will do more harm than good to Hong Kong
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Pui Tak Canossian College vs Sacred Heart Canossian College. Motion: Having the minimum wage law will do more harm than good to Hong Kong