It will be a battle of the two cities when the Kingston based George Headley Primary takes on the Montego Bay based Corinaldi Avenue Primary in the final of the Western Union Primary Schools Debate Competition.

They will be debating the moot: "be it resolved that Jamaica is the best place in the Caribbean to live, work, raise families and do business," in the match which will be aired Tuesday, June 13, 2017 on TVJ at 6 P.M.

The winners along with the title of Western Union Primary Schools will receive cash and trophies The finalists were chosen after two spell-binding semi-final encounters where the teams presented arguments for and against the moot, "be it resolved that Jamaica's crime problem is the result of poor parenting."

In the first semi-final against Ascot Primary, the George Headley team of Kaytanna Edwards; Kamian Leslie and Nakita Gordon successfully defended the moot arguing that Jamaica's problems were as a result of poor parenting.

Edwards, George Headley's strong first speaker said "children at a young age are like computers, garbage in, garbage out", and that it is the parents' job to ensure that children are properly guided. Meanwhile, the second semi-final between Corinaldi Avenue Primary and the Manchester based McIntosh Memorial was another keenly contested encounter. The young debate team of Kimberly Simms, Honessa Clayton and Kory Chisholm defended the moot arguing that parents were not doing their jobs properly and Jamaica was paying the price with a high crime rate.

"McIntosh was a really awesome team, but we are glad that we were able to win and now we are through to the finals where we will do our best," said Simms, Corinaldi Avenue's head girl and first speaker. The other schools who participated in the competition were Naggo Head Primary, Clan Carthy Primary, Bridgeport Primary, St. Richards Primary, Greater Portmore Primary, Windward Road Primary, Mandeville Primary, Johns Rollins Success Primary, May Pen Primary, Catherine Hall Primary, Green Pond Primary and Watsonton Primary.

The debate competition is one of the components of the Western Union I-PLEDGE (I Promise to Lend Encouragement to Develop Growth in Education) initiative which seeks to promote and enhance literacy skills in the primary education system. The other activities are a reading week and an essay competition.

Photo Caption: The George Headley Primary team of (from left) Kaytanna Edwards; Kamian Leslie and Nakita Gordon working out their rebuttal in their semi-final match up against Ascot Primary in the Western Union Primary Schools Debate Competition. George Headley won the match and will go up against Corinaldi Avenue from Montego Bay in next Tuesday’s final.

An elated Corinaldi Avenue Primary reacts to the announcement that they have won their semi-final encounter against McIntosh Memorial Primary and are through to the final of the Western Union Primary Schools’ Debate Competition. The members of the Corinaldi Avenue team are from left Khory Chisholm, Honessa Clayton and Kimberly Simms.