Kwale MCA tells off KNUT SG over proposal to allow students to have phones in school
16 July 2016, 20:03
Kwale - Kwale MCA has told off Kenya National Union of teacher’s secretary general Wilson Sossion over proposal to allow students to have phones in schools as part of digitization of education.
Tsimba Golini MCA Swalehe Simba termed Sossion remarks as unfortunate and misleading to Kenyans which should not be taken seriously.
He asked Sossion to stick to issues around teacher’s affairs and stop poking his nose into student’s matters.
“The KNUT SG has been doing well on issues affecting teachers but what he has proposed this time round cannot be accepted and we will not give it a chance either,” he said.
Speaking in Kwale on Thursday , the county representative said with the issues of pornography in the internet among other issues school going children cannot be allowed to carry phones in schools.
There has been claims that ISIS group and alshabaab have been radicalizing youths using social media, which according to Simba if pupils are allowed to use them they will fell victims.
“Sossion is a learned fellow and he knows the danger of having phones is school having been gone through the same education system he should not then turn to be a joker by looking like he is mocking or children n guise of digitization,” he added.
There is also fear that phones has been used in exam cheating and therefore once legalized cases of cheating will increase in the country.
He called on the national government and education stake holders to stand firm and reject the proposal by all means since it will ruin students.
“If we allow phones in schools let us be prepared to get dunderheads because performance will go down meaning our society will be affected education wise,” he noted.
Simba said as leaders in the country they will use al avenues possible to ensure Sossion proposal is rejected.
He was reacting to Sossion statement where he said allowing student to have phones will be part of digitizing education in the country.
Sossion claimed that the phones will help them in learning especially in research since “phones are just like computers”.
He said there is no need of continuing imprisoning students while the country dream of revolutionizing ICT.
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