UTG Debate Association holds summer public debate

Monday, August 13, 2018

University of The Gambia (UTG) Debate Association on Friday held their second edition of All Summer Public Debate at the American Corner at Comium building along Kairaba Avenue.

The Debate Association was established in 2010 with the intention to promote debate in The Gambia. It is the parent debating body of the University of The Gambia.

President of the Association Fatoumatta Camara said it is mandatory on them as a debate association to ensure that they keep the intellectual battle on the move during both active learning time and during vacations. She said the idea for the all summer debate is to encourage young and dynamic people to come on board and share their intellectual capabilities together.

According to her, this will help them to identify the causes of the WASSCE failures and the problems that are happening each year. “Do we have to blame that on the students, the administrators or the educational system?

She said as part of their mandate, they want to see a society where both men and women would contribute to national development and they feel this is also an area that deserves their intervention.

The first debaters argued that President Adama Barrow’s cabinet composition is gender biased.

Amie Faye from the school of Journalism supported the motion and Ebrima Sabally from the school of Arts and Sciences was against the motion. The last segment of the debate centered on the topic “our education system is to be blamed for the mass failure of students.” Mariama Danso from the school of Arts and Sciences argued for the motion and Alex Thomas was against it.

Former president of the University of The Gambia Students Union Alpha M.K. Lowe commend the debaters for what he called their well-articulated arguments.

He pointed out some of the reasons and problems in Gambia’s education system that needed intervention for improvement; saying though there are quality teachers, however, for the education system to improve, there is need for more quality teachers in the system.

Author: Fatou Bojang & Sana Jallow