2000 children in Spelling Bee

Kochi: Testing their linguistic competence, about 2000 children from schools across the country will lock horns for the title at the 5th National Championship of the `MaRRS International Spelling Bee` competition to be held in Thrissur in Kerala from October 21 to 23.

The winners of the National competition would participate in the International championship at Abu Dhabi on January 6 and 7 next, P Suresh Kumar, Director MaRRS Intellectual Services (P)ltd, organisers of the competition, said.

Claiming to be the first and largest English competition in Asia for school children, the contest is conceived as a self-motivated learning programme as it helps students improve their communciation skills and gain confidence by enriching their vocabulary. The various rounds of the contest test their spelling, pronunciation and vocabulary skills.

The competition begins at the school level and then moves to the International level through the Inter School and National championships.It is necessary for students to succeed in each level to be eligible to participate at the next level.

The competition is currently the largest English spelling competition in the world in terms of scope and participation and is conducted in 22 states in India, UAE, Qatar and Malaysia,Suresh Kumar said. Students from class I to XII will be clubbed in six different categories.The best performer at the national level gets a scholarship of rs one lakh and students coming in the first 20 places would be eligible for prizes ranging from rs 50,000 to rs 3000.

At the International championship, the best performer would be eligible for rs 10 lakh and the first 20 positions would receive scholarships from rs 2 lakh to rs 5000. About 400 students would be selected for the International championship. The competition was first started in 2003 and now over three lakh students from more than 1000 schools in India compete annually.