Sunday, April 12, 2009

Teacher Debate Zone Level Fiasco

Tonight, my debater friends at the Zone Level Debates in Kedah are upset.  According to some amendments to the rules, teacher debaters who have won the competition or been awarded Best Debater at national level beginning 2001, are automatically disqualified.  Unfortunately this little piece of information didn't reach the debaters.  Two of the Sabah BM debaters were disqualified and they were almost in tears.  Then one of the English teachers debate team coaches had to step in as a BM reserve debater.  According to Jamilah (one of the debaters), the hall was in an uproar.  FIVE states were unable to field teams thanks to said amendment.

Why didn't we know about this?  Did our liaison officer drop the ball?  If so, why is it that five other states didn't know as well?  At least Sabah was still able to field a team. But whatever the matter may be, the organisers could have done a better job.  They could have just announced it this year for implementation next year.

Now hearts are broken and minds are frustrated...

3 comments:

Eric Constantine said...

too bad...i'll just pray for them...

Obi-Chan said...

hmm, perhaps heads will roll at IAB?

Perry R. Lim said...

Reminds me of that song, "rolin', rollin', rollin'..." lol