About the Competition

Language and Liberal Studies in Action


Latest update

The competition is NOW Open for Application

Apply on or before 5pm, 28 September 2017 to join this academic event.

Online application is on a first-come-first-served basis.

Application result will be announced via email and fax to schools in early October. All participating schools should assign representatives to attend the Briefing Seminar on 14 October.


Introduction
Sing Tao Inter-School Debating Competition is co-organised by Sing Tao Daily, The Standard and the Education Bureau. This annual competition aims to provide all round training to improve students' language, debating, analytical and organisational skills, as well as evoking their interest in social affairs and liberal studies. Since 1984, the competition has fostered and nurtured groups of talents in school debate. The competition has become a renowned academic event among Hong Kong secondary schools.

Over the years, we received an overwhelming response from over 100 local and international schools. More than 10,000 students and teachers participated in each year. There were over 2,000 participants including students, teachers and parents during the Grand Final. The competition will be held from November 2017 to May 2018 divided into English and Chinese Sections with 196 teams (56 teams for English Section and 140 teams for Chinese Section.) This year the seeding team system will be adopted again. The eight finalists of last year’s English section can enter the competition automatically if application is submitted before the application deadline.

To encourage more participation, 'Most Outstanding Debater Award', 'Most Improved School Award' and 'Best Motion Award' will be presented again. Adjudicators briefing section will be included at the Briefing Seminar to facilitate the teachers’ adjudication and coaching.

To encourage the instant analyzing and debating skills, the 'Interrogative Debating' section will continue to run from the Preliminaries to the Quarter-Final. A 'Best Interrogative Debater' award will be presented to the student with the best outstanding performance in this session. For the 'Interrogative Debating' section, please visit Interrogative Debating Session & Award . For other award details, please visit Awards & Prizes.