Here’s another win for the Little Red Dot. Team Singapore beat defending champion England to emerge victorious for the third time at the World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC) on Thursday (Aug 10) in Bali. Its first win at the high school-level competition was in 2011 in Scotland, and the second was in 2015 in Singapore. This year’s edition saw 50 teams from across the globe participate.
At the grand final, the Singapore team opposed the motion that “this House supports restrictions on free speech to combat the rise of right-wing populism”, reported The Straits Times. Eight out of nine judges voted their way.
The five-member team chosen by the Ministry of Education – consisting of Hwa Chong Institution and Raffles Institution students Au Wei Ho, Siobhan Tan, Ryan Wee, Wei Shu Yang and Jonathan Yap – won seven of eight debates in the preliminary rounds, then went on to beat Pakistan, India and the United States to make it to the grand final.