The Online Elimination Test (OET) for the national schools debate programme,Debating Matters India,organised by the British Council,will conclude on August 25.
The OET is the first stage of the competition that requires the school debate teams to register online. The programme is being organised for the third year,said a press release.
This time,there will be eight regional finals instead of four. The cities where regional finals will be held are Delhi and Chandigarh in the North,Mumbai and Ahmedabad in West,Chennai and Bangalore in South and Guwahati and Kolkata in East.
Debating Matters India is open to students of Class XI and XII of Indian schools. In the UK,the schools debate competition is pioneered by the Institute of Ideas,UK. It aims at being less formal than the traditional debating competitions whilst being highly rigorous,with a strong emphasis on students researching their arguments well.
Each school is encouraged to register a six-member debate team along with a debate coordinator teacher right from the online elimination stage. However,a school can register a minimum a four students as well. A school can register only one team.
After registering online,the team will download a topic guide from which they prepare for the OET. Upon the completion of the test,the team will have to submit their answer online which will be examined by British Council examiners.
The teams will be selected on the basis of the answers they given at the OET. At the end of this process,the 12 shortlisted schools from each region will get a seeding based on their performance in the OET. The schools have to log on to http://www.britishcouncil.org.in/
debatingmattersindia/ for the registration process,the release added.