March 1, 2014
This year's Rodyk Challenge was designed as a debate based on two draft hypothetical legislation selected from the Moot Parliamentary Programme (MPP). The MPP is organised by the Ministry of Education's Gifted Education Branch (GEB) to enhance the interest among high ability secondary school students in the process of drafting and passing legislation to address social and community issues. Student teams research issues, draft bills and then debate the bills.
Through the luck of the draw, the Rodyk Challenge competitors had to review, improve and propose one of the two hypothetical bills:
- the Minimum Wage Act, which proposed a minimum wage scheme for full-time employed Singaporeans, to reduce income inequality and increase the standard of living of lower income wage earners in Singapore; and
- the Cyber Bullying Act, which tries to tackle the problem of internet users who torment or bully others online.
The grand finalists were judged by Singapore's Attorney-General Steven Chong, and Rodyk senior partners Gerald Singham (corporate) and Lee Ai Ming (intellectual property & technology).
After a closely fought battle, Team SMU beat Team NUS to take the title. Team NUS, however, produced the best speaker in Stephanie Law, who walked away with the 'Best Individual Performance' award. The winning team walked away with a grand total of S$6,000 in cash prizes while the runners up received a total cash prize of S$4,800.
Rodyk thanks the GEB for its support and for allowing the use of the MPP developed materials in the competition.
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