Debate mates of Dagenham make world’s top three

PUBLISHED: 11:00 10 February 2016

From left, Jola Bytyci, Karan Ruparell and Alia Raza represented the UK

From left, Jola Bytyci, Karan Ruparell and Alia Raza represented the UK


Pupils from Robert Clack School of Science reached the semi-final of a world debating championship in Japan.

Year 10 pupil Karan Ruparell and Year 11 students Alia Raza and Jola Bytyci represented the UK and finished third out of 12 countries competing at the PDA High School Parliamentary Debate World Congress in Kumagaya City.

Karan said the tournament was a “dream come true”.

“It was phenomenal,” he said. “I never thought I would go to Japan – it was surreal.”

Headteacher Sir Paul Grant said he was proud his pupils were able to represent the UK on the international stage.

“When I told them they were going to compete in Japan and represent the UK they were full of joy,” he said. “I’m incredibly proud of them and extremely proud our pupils represented the UK in a world championship.”

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