Thursday, 4 October 2012

School phone ban retained

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry has decided to maintain its ban on students bringing mobile phones to school, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, said the ministry was still studying on the need for students to bring IT devices to school.

“We have conducted a roundtable discussion on Aug 25 involving relevant stakeholders including headmasters, teachers, parents and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to discuss the need of bringing IT gadgets and proposals to use these as part of the learning process,” he said in a written reply to Liang Teck Meng (BN-Simpang Renggam).

Liang had asked the ministry to state whether pupils are allowed to bring mobile phones and IT gadgets to school.

The ministry, Muhyiddin said, had conducted a study among students and teachers to get their feedback on the matter.

“It was carried out in nine schools two national, two Chinese, two Tamil, two secondary, and a vocational school involving 274 students in Seremban and Port Dickson in Negri Sembilan.

“We are also analysing all input from the public including academics, NGO leaders, teachers, parents and students before making a final decision,” he said.

The review of the ban was announced last July by Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong who had said some parents had wanted the review.

He also said the review would look at gadgets like netbooks and tablets.

However, while some welcomed it many had expressed their reservations.

They included the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP), which said there are more cons than pros in allowing students to bring handphones to schools.

NUTP deputy president Tey Meng Seng said there is no need for parents to call for the ban to be lifted.

“There are public phones in schools, if students need to contact their parents, they can use these phones.

In PUTRAJAYA Muhyiddin announced an allocation of RM1mil as an incentive for Translation works of knowledge-based materials at the 2012 National Translator Award here yesterday.

He said the allocation would be jointly managed by the Malaysian Institute of Translation and Books (ITBM) and Malaysian Translator Association.

Muhyiddin said the scheme would kick off next year.

The 2012 National Translator Award was presented to 76-year-old Khalidah Adibah Amin or popularly know as Adibah Amin.

Source : TheStar


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