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 https://www.facebook.com/wsdcsg/).
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!