The Bethesda Christian Mission School has won the Liberia National Inter High School Debate, 2017 grand finale against the Liberia Dujar High School on Sunday August 6, at the Monrovia City Hall in Sinkor.
Bethesda became victorious, scoring 80.31 beating the runners up Liberia Dujar High School with the score of 72.6 The topic of debate was “With the choice of Section 5.1 and 5.2; should the CoC be applicable in the October 10, 2017 elections?” Bethesda’s debate fighters also indicated that Article 21 of the 1986 Constitution states, “No person shall be made subject to any law or punishment which was not in effect at the time of commission of and offense, nor shall the Legislature enact any bill of attainder or export facto law”. Referencing the recent case involving the Liberty Party’s Vice Standard Bearer Harrison Karnwea and others, Bethesda reiterated that the CoC should not be implemented during the pending elections. On the other hand, the runners up debaters stated that the Legislature has the power to implement CoC as it is a law citing Article 90 C of the 1986 Constitution which states “The Legislature shall, in pursuance of the above provision, prescribe a Code of Conduct for all public officials and employees, stipulating the acts which constitute conflict of interest or are against public policy, and the penalties for violation thereof”. The organizers of the debate, the Devine Events and Consultancy (DEC), is an institution established in 2015 to help the Ministry of Education improve the educational sector by coming up with specific events that positively impact the educational system in the country. Giving the overview of the Liberia national debate, DEC Project Director Morris Kamara said one of the intentions of the project was to cancel the super Friday that was creeping into the society, breaking the moral fabric of Liberia. Mr. Kamara said that the education system has been plagued with many negative events and as such, it is the responsibility of young people to design programs that will help government and its international partners to improve the sector. "The fight to advance Liberia's education sector does not only rest on the shoulders of the MOE, but it requires consolidated efforts to make that happen, and we intend to be a part of that", he noted. The competition which featured 64 schools across the county was co-sponsored by Coca Cola Bottling Liberia, Samba Juice/ Corina Hotel, Liberia Initial Brand, NEC, MICAT, YMCA and LRA, among others. Meanwhile, both John S. Singbae and Derris Zoe Beyan of the Bethesda Christian Mission School in separate statements thanked their school’s administration, including the coaching staff for the level of support given them.