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Team Singapore in Macau WSDC 2021

Singapore's national schools team concludes their Online World Schools Debating Championships run this year as semi-finalists. They were defeated by Canada in a 5-2 split decision on the motion 'This House would nationalise the research, development and distribution of pharmaceuticals' (Singapore was in opposition). 

The Singapore team for this event is organised by the Ministry of Education and is made up of 5 junior college-level debaters  -  Tajei Puthucheary and Raphael Niu from Raffles Institution, Shayna Leng and Caleb Loh from Hwa Chong Institution, and Harith Menon from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)  -  and is coached by Mrs Geetha Creffield from Anglo-Chinese Junior College. (You can find out more about the team at

Singapore is the most successful Asian nation in the history of the World Schools Debating Championships, having been crowned world champions 3 times in 2011, 2015 and 2017. (Only 2 other Asian nations have won the World Schools Debating Championships - India and China, who have each won the event once.) There has been an increasing trend of Asian nations doing very well at the World Schools Debating Championships in recent years, and this year's event confirmed that trend with 6 of the 8 quarter-finalists and 3 of the 4 semi-finalists coming from Asia. Historically, the event has been dominated by Australia (8 time champions), England (5 time champions), Scotland (4 time champions) and New Zealand (4 time champions), but in recent years the number of strong contenders from various corners of the globe has grown considerably.

Team Singapore's performance this year proves that we still remain a strong contender on the world stage. For that, Debate Association (Singapore) remains confident and optimistic that our national schools team will continue to deliver. Well done Team Singapore - we are proud of you!


Registration for Primary School Debate Open 2021 Now Open

Keeping in line with our commitment to providing young debaters with a platform to develop their skills, Debate Association (Singapore) is proud to announce that registration for Primary School Debate Open 2021 is now open once again! PSDO is an important platform for Primary 4 to 6 students to hone their critical thinking skills while debating against their peers from other schools. 

At PSDO this year, teams can look forward to challenging new elements such as impromptu or short-preparation debates where teams will prepare independently without further assistance from their teachers or coaches. Normally reserved for higher levels of debating, this exciting format at the Primary School level seeks to expose budding debaters to more challenging scenarios where they can further develop the ability to think on their feet and work as a team under pressure.

To facilitate this tournament, DA(S) has assembled a team of qualified core adjudicators:

  • Joel Law
  • Ariel Tan
  • Samruddhi Shrivastara

The respective Debate Teachers-in-Charge have been emailed with the registration details and more information. If you are an official Debate Teacher-in-Charge for your primary school and have yet to receive it, you may sign up via this link:

See you at PSDO 2021!


Executive Committee 2021/23

Debate Association (Singapore) held its Annual General Meeting 2021 on 27 July 2021 and the new executive committee is as follows: 


Executive Members: 2021-2023

President: Joel Law

Vice President: Tan Yao Kun

Secretary: Cavan Tay

Director (Competitions and Training): Sabrina Zainuddin

Director (Competitions and Training): Jamie Wong

Director (Outreach): Prashanti Balachander

Director (Outreach): Sean Tan


Results for Online Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championship 2021

The inaugural Online Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championship was held across February--April 2021! We would like to thank the following parties for making this possible:


1) Singapore World Schools National Team for their assistance in adjudicator allocation;

2) ACJC for providing us with volunteers; 

3) Invited adjudicators; 

4) Mr Mark Gabriel and Mrs Geetha Creffield for being part of motions committee; 

5) Ms Vihasini and Mr Farhan for volunteering their time to co-convene the event. 


The results are as follows: 

Champion for Division 1: Victoria School

1st Runner-Up for Division 1: Nanyang Girls High School

2nd Runner-Up for Division 1: Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)

3rd Runner-Up for Division 1: Raffles Girls' School 


Champion for Division 2: Hua Yi Secondary School

1st Runner-Up for Division 2: Tanjong Katong Girls' School

2nd Runner-Up for Division 2: Tanjong Katong Secondary School

3rd Runner-Up for Division 2: GEMS World Academy


Champion for Division 3: Pasir Ris Crest Secondary School

1st Runner-Up for Division 3: Bukit Batok Secondary School

2nd Runner-Up for Division 2: Jurong West Secondary School

3rd Runner-Up for Division 2: Punggol Secondary School 


We congratulate all participants and hope to see them next year! 



Updated DA(S) Executive Committee 2020-2021

Debate Association (Singapore) held its Annual General Meeting on 25 July 2020 and the following individuals were elected into Debate Association (Singapore)'s Executive Committee:

1) Assistant Secretary: Stacy Lee 

2) Assistant Treasurer: Tarini Tilve

3) Director (Outreach): Prashanti Balachander 

4) Director (Competitions and Training): Nafla Yousuf


Additionally, the following individuals have stepped down from their appointed positions:

1) Vihasini Gopakumar, Director (Equity)

2) Kieran Lee, Director (Adjudicator Management)

3) Cherylyn Wee, Director (Special Projects)


The updated DA(S) ExCo for 2020-2021 is as follows: 

President: Joel Law
Vice President: David Boo Koh
Secretary: Cavan Tay
Assistant Secretary: Stacy Lee
Treasurer: Nathalie Quah
Assistant Treasure: Tarini Tilve
Director (Outreach): Prashanti Balachander 
Director (Competitions and Training): Ryan Lim
Director (Competitions and Training): Deon Kiew
Director (Competitions and Training): Nafla Yousuf
The following were also appointed by the Executive Committee:
Director (Special Projects): Vihasini Gopakumar
Director (Special Projects): Muhammad Farhansyah
If you have feedback or suggestions for how we can do things better or you would just like to get involved, we'd love to hear from you - please email to get in touch with us.

Results of Debate Association Debating Championship 2020

Over the two days of our inaugural ONLINE DADCs 2020, we witnessed many entertaining and insightful rounds of debates! There were five rounds and over forty teams from institutions all across Singapore participating in the Gold and Silver Divisions. We would like to thank all participants for their enthusiastic participation, and hope that they enjoyed the tournament as much as we did! 

We would also like to congratulate the following teams for their outstanding performance:

Best Performing Division 3 team:

  • Evergreen Secondary School 

From the Silver Division:

  • Champions: Hua Yi Secondary School 
  • 1st Runners-up: Singapore American School 
  • 2nd Runners-up: Tanglin Trust School 

From the Gold Division:

  • Champions: Nanyang Girls’ High School 
  • 1st Runners-up: Hwa Chong Institution 
  • 2nd Runners-up: United World College of South-East Asia (Dover Campus) 

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