Saturday, April 1, 2023 - 6:57 am

The Dargan Debating Competition

in 1968 - 1969


First let me say that this report is not as favourable as I could have wished; however, it is not as unfavourable as many expected it to be.  By now it is common knowledge that Bishop's High School won the shield, beating the team that knocked us out of the competition.  We had reached the finals – which, I believe, is the furthest that any team from Berbice High School has gone.


Our team was led by Muneshwar Singh with John Gunraj and David Jones as second and third speakers respectively.  We are all members of the lower sixth, and as this was the first time that any of us had done public speaking of this sort, our inexperience showed in our deliveries.  However, this was balanced by our factual matter.

The teams that fell victim to us were the West Bank teachers, a Bush Lot team, New Thought and the Philosophers Debating Society.  Despite such serious sounding opponents the debates were not without their lighter moments.  One member of an opposing team, forgetting himself, addressed the judges as "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury."

But we were not to be left out.  Our third speaker, at one stage, had the audience in stitches with some very skilful irrelevancies; and our leader, who has a distinction in Maths, got up and stated firmly that according to his maths from 1939 to 1969 is 31 years!

Finally a word on the attendance.  At no debate was it what it should have been. There were too few Berbice High School students.  After all, it does help to know that the majority of the audience is on your side.

John Gunraj