NCPTA kicks against mobile phone usage at SHS



The National Council of Parent-Teacher Association of Ghana (NCPTA) has kicked against the proposed use of mobile phones in Senior High Schools (SHS).

It is rather recommending the construction of state of the art science and computer laboratories for the various SHSs across the country.

NCPTA also suggested that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) periods in the academic curriculum should be extended to ensure students do not miss out on this digitisation era.

The Communications Minister, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful recently stated that her Ministry was considering liaising with the Education Ministry to lift the ban on the use of mobile phones in Senior High Schools (SHS).

She said her outfit in collaboration with its stakeholders was in the process of providing mobile phones installed with school syllabus and other learning materials to enable students do away with carrying large notebooks and textbooks to school.

The Minister explained that, before the phones are given to students, there would be restrictions to all undesirable contents in order for government to achieve its target from the new policy.

Also, in August this year, the Deputy Minister of Education, Mr Yaw Osei Adutwum announced that the Ministry had also begun considering lifting the ban to increase knowledge in ICT.

But, the National President of NCPTA, Mr Alexander Yaw Danso in an interview with the Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday said, government should rather concentrate on providing proper teaching and learning facilities to the schools instead of allowing the use of mobile phones among students.

“Allowing students to use phones while in school could be a laudable idea but time should not be wasted on that. Government must rather focus on fully equipping the various science and computer laboratories in schools across the country,” Mr Danso stressed.

He said that, when students are allowed to use mobile phones in schools, it would rather increase the electricity bills which could also become a burden for schools adding that, some students are also likely to take advantage of the situation and use the phones for the wrong purposes.

Mr Danso said, “Using mobile phones is not the only way a person can experience digitisation. There are other means of ensuring students don’t miss out on this era of technology so let us focus on other safe alternatives than thinking about mobile phones only.”

By Raissa Sambou      


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