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Students take Tynwald roles

Junior Tynwald in session in Tynwald Chambers

Junior Tynwald in session in Tynwald Chambers

Students from the island’s high schools took on the role of politicians on Monday for the annual Junior Tynwald sitting.

Year 12 pupils from Ballakermeen, St Ninian’s, Ramsey Grammar, Castle Rushen and Queen Elizabeth II schools all got stuck into some controversial subjects.

Organised by the Isle of Man branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in association with the Department of Education and Children, the court brings together 16 and 17-year-olds from the island’s five state secondary schools who serve as elected politicians for the sitting.

Among the topics debated were the legalisation of marijuana and assisted suicide.

The whole process was carried out in accordance with standard Tynwald conventions, order papers were circulated and the would-be politicians discussed genuine contemporary issues affecting the Isle of Man.

Students also took on the role of the press and reports from three of the students – Jordanne Ken from Castle Rushen, Tom O’Connor from St Ninian’s and Abigail Harris from Ballakermeen –will appear in Tuesday’s Examiner.

Politicians including Tim Crookall, Phil Gawne, Kate Beecroft and Juan Watterson were also grilled by the students asking questions about the toilet tax, same sex marriages, MHK pay increases, the Legislative Council and driving safety among young people.

The sitting was overseen by President of Tynwald Clare Christian, who had taken the group on a tour of the legislative buildings that morning.

See how the students got on and more pictures in Tuesday’s Examiner.

 

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