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Schools' Challenge Quiz losing integrity

Published:Saturday | March 17, 2012 | 12:00 AM


I wish to use this medium to express my shock and dismay at the treatment that was meted out to the Kingston College quiz team in their Round Three match against St Mary High on Tuesday, March 6, 2012.

Many viewers might not have known that the match was deemed a tie (46-46) by the judges at the end of regulation time, and as a direct consequence was sent into a sudden-death play-off.

Kingston College emerged victors after St Mary High beat them to the tiebreaker but answered incorrectly. The match, therefore, ended 46-44 in favour of Kingston College.

The match that was televised on March 9, 2012 was a cleverly edited version and does not represent the complete picture of what actually took place.

It must also be noted that Kingston College was informed of the reversal in scores on March 8, 2012, a clear two days after the match was played and the results known.

Subsequent investigations into why the scores were reversed revealed that there was a scoring error for Kingston College which caused them to lose two points, and based on this, it was decided that the match should not have gone into sudden death. St Mary High was thus awarded the victory (46-44).

This practice is not only dangerous but totally unacceptable for the following reasons:

1. The judges' decision in studio is final, and such a decision was made on March 6, 2012.
2. Scores should not and must not be allowed to be retroactively changed when there were officials present and who sanctioned the results.
3. The sudden death was part of the match and cannot now be deemed as unimportant to overall match results.
4. There were instances of scoring errors on the part of St Mary High that were not factored into the final decision.
5. In the recent past, initial results were challenged by unquestionable facts but were not considered as a decision was taken prior.

A dangerous precedent has been set and every effort must be made to ensure that this bizarre occurrence is never repeated.