Effective 2013 Students Will Be Able To Bring Handphones and IT Devices to School
Effective next year students will be given access to bring mobile phones and IT gadgets to school. Before this students were not given permission to bring it and if they brought it, the mobile device or IT gadget will be kept by school authorities for some period of time. Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said that students will be able to bring these devices to school because the rules and regulations under the Education Act 1996 have been amended.
He added that such changes must be made to encourage educators and students to embrace IT in the 21st century. This move was in line with the Education Ministry's move to implement the virtual teaching and learning programme “1Bestari” nationwide. Based on a survey conducted by the Education Ministry, initial findings had showed varied views from the stakeholders such as principals, teachers, parents and students. “When the 1Bestari is in place, you will get free wifi. We want to provide the virtual learning environment so that students can use their gadgets to learn and do their revision. “The world is totally different now. This is a trend. We can't stop that,” he told reporters after chairing the student discipline committee meeting in Putrajaya. Dr Wee also invited the public to voice their views and opinions via the Education Ministry's official Twitter account @1KemPelajaran.
Dr Wee said the draft of the amendments would be submitted to the Attorney-General's Chambers within a week, and that a “stringent” guideline on the use of electronic gadgets in school would be set up by the Education Ministry. “The teaching and learning process must not be disrupted. The guideline will outline how we allow and when we allow the students to use the gadgets,” he said. He added another factor that came into the picture was the safety of students, because parents would like to use mobile phone to contact their children after school.