With an aim to engage students in relevant thinking and inspire them to be profound thinkers, the Social Science Department of the College of Arts and Sciences hosted the first MSU-TCTO Inter-School Debate today at the Henry V. Kong Gymnasium.

The team representing MSU-TCTO won as champion followed by the teams from Mahardika Institute of Technology (MIT) and Tawi-Tawi Regional Agricultural College (TRAC), respectively. A team from The Philippine Last Frontier College, Inc. also joined the contest.

Motions for debate revolved on topics such as: All Students Should Have an After-School Job Internship; Sexual Education Should be Mandatory in Schools; All People Should Be Vegetarians; and Countries Should Be Isolationists.

CAS Dean Dr. Anabel Wellms delivered the welcome address. She commended the Social Sciences Department and challenged the students to continue reading and search for knowledge. She also said that the activity will help develop the critical thinking of the students and develop their public speaking skills.

The School President of the Tawi-Tawi Regional Agricultural College, Dr. Mutti Asaali also gave his message, expressing his appreciation to MSU TCTO for inviting them to be part of today's event.

"My congratulations to the Mindanao State University for coming up with this activity. I know for a fact, this is one way or the other address to the problems that we have."

"It's about time for us to embrace a paradigm concept. We have to redirect our educational activities in a way what students learned enough must be able to engage actual practice for economic dimension and consideration," he further added.

The Chancellor was also present in today's event, and praised CAS Dean Dr. Anabel Wellms and Social Sciences Department Chairperson, Prof. Mylene C. Matolo for spearheading the tournament. She also suggested that this event should be conducted twice a year.

"Holding debates in the academe has become more significant in the light of the thrust of the 21st century pedagogy where the teachers are no longer the exclusive source of knowledge but rather facilitators of guides," the Chancellor said in her message.

The Chancellor also emphasized that, "debate is a transformational experience for students that develops quick thinking, sound argument and confident speaking."


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