*New Deadline- August 31st, 2012*
The Independent Regulatory Commission is pleased to announce the opening of its first student essay competition.
The aim of this competition is to engage college and secondary school students across the island in discussing the role and responsibility of the IRC as it seeks to protect the public’s interest, regulate competition between service providers and monitor social and environmental issues within the industry.
‘Explain why it is important to establish an Independent Regulatory Commission to oversee and regulate the electricity sector in Dominica and how this is of benefit to electricity consumers’.
General Rules of the essay competition:
- Your answer must be in essay format and should include title at the top
- Essays should be written in Standard English
- The essay must contain at least 700 words but not more than 1000 words, not including the title, bibliography or footnotes
- Any quotations or copyrighted material used in the essay must be properly identified or cited. Failure to cite non-original material will result in disqualification
- The entry should be typed as a Word Document (.doc, .docx) or in Rich Text Format (.rtf)
- The Times New Roman font face and 12pt font size must be used, with 1-inch margins on all sides, 1.5 paragraph spacing, and a Page Footer numbering all pages (e.g. page 1 of 2, page 2 of 2, etc.)
- Each submission must be accompanied by a cover page indicating your name, the name of your school, your age and word count.
- Your final submission can be e-mailed (preferably in PDF format) to: firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped in at our office at: 42 Cork Street (1st Floor) Roseau, Dominica
- If sending via e-mail, the subject should read ‘IRC Student Essay Competition’ or if hand-delivered, the envelope should be labeled same
- Entries must be submitted on or before August 31st 2012
- Announcement of winner will be made during the IRC’s Fifth Anniversary celebrations in September, 2012
- There is no fee to apply
The essay submissions will be evaluated on the basis of grammar, structure, and content. The scoring procedures at all levels of the competition will be identical and will include:
- Material Organization (logical interpretation of the subject, adherence to topic): 40 points
- Vocabulary and Style (phrasing and continuity): 30 points
- Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling: 20 points
- Neatness: 5 points
- Adherence to contest rules (prepared in the proper format): 5 points
Total Points possible: 100 POINTS.
College and secondary school students are eligible to participate.
- 1st Prize Winner: Kindle Fire, $200 cash award and essay published on IRC’s website
- 2nd Prize Winner: Ipod Touch
- 3rd Prize Winner: Digital Camera
*NB– The winning school will receive a special award.