Wits & Words: Inter-school Debate Championship

Date Details Venue
28 & 30 Jan
(Mon & Wed)
Exhibition Debate and Workshop
(Optional: Only for teams who sign up)
Raffles Institution (Secondary)
23 Feb (Sat) Preliminary Round 1  Raffles Institution (Secondary)
2 Mar (Sat) Preliminary Round 2  Raffles Institution (Secondary)
16 Mar (Sat) Preliminary Round 3 Raffles Institution (Secondary)
13 Apr (Sat) Quarter-Finals Raffles Institution (Secondary)
29 Apr (Mon) Semi-Finals Central Public Library
29 May (Wed) 3rd/4th Placing Raffles Institution (Secondary)
3 Jun (Mon) Grand Finals MOE Edutorium

Target Group

Primary 5 & 6 pupils


The Wits & Words: Inter-school Debate Championship is jointly organised by the Gifted Education Branch with Debate Association (Singapore) and Raffles Institution (Secondary). This competition focuses on building the oral competencies of verbally talented pupils.

Since 2015, a divisional system has been introduced for the competition in which teams compete in one of two divisions. Each division has separate preliminary rounds, break rounds and final round. The dates in the table above apply to both divisions.

Online registration for Wits & Words: Inter-school Debate Championship 2019 is now available (Deadline is 18 Jan 19).

For more information on the Wits & Words: Inter-school Debate Championship 2019, please visit the online website at https://sites.google.com/site/witsandwordsidc/home.