- The Hong Kong Secondary Schools Debating Competition is an independent debating competition, which uses a simple conflict debating format without any points of information or free debate section.
The HKSSDC was set up with 58 teams in the first term of the 2012-2013 academic year. This number grew to 68 for the Term 2 Competition. 104 teams entered the 2013-2014 Term 1 Competition and there were 126 teams in Term 2. There are 172 teams in the 2014-2015 Term 1 Competition, which started in September.
HKSS Debating aims to give students the necessary experience to contribute more in NSS Debating module lessons and give better responses to related DSE examination questions. Planning for and competing in debates along with taking part in HKSSDC workshops helps get students' confidence and skills up quickly.
HKSS Debating also aims to develop students' critical thinking and broaden their exposure through debating in English. By doing this, students gain a deeper understanding of important local and regional issues and are better able to discuss them in an international forum.
Each team gets at least two debates each term. Those teams which win both rounds go into the regional and levels finals for that term. There are usually more than 3 weeks to prepare for each round so the workload commitment is relatively light. The timing flexibility also allows teams to schedule debates themselves to avoid busy times in the school calendar.
If you have any questions, or would like to enter a team in the 2014-2015 Term 1 Competition, please contact the Competition Coordinator, Stan Dyer on firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.