Minister in Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Hajah Fatimah Abdullah said that there would also be pros and contras should the students are allowed to bring mobile phones and IT gadgets to school.
“We must understand that in the world today, mobile phones are essential tools for our daily lives therefore, there are needs for the students to bring their mobile phones to school where sometimes their parents wanted to communicate with them.”
“But the Ministry of education should set-up in details the rules straight so that students’ mobile phones shall not cause or be some sort disturbance throughout the progress of learning in the classes.”
She was asked to comment the Ministry of the Education’s proposal of allowing students to bring mobile phones and IT gadgets to school from next year after rules and regulations under the Education Act 1996 are amended.
Currently, students are not prohibited to bring mobile phones to school and the draft of the amendment would be submitted to the Attorney-General's Chambers within a week and that “stringent” guidelines on the use of electronic gadgets in school would be put in place.
Fatimah said this in a press conference after officiating the third Conference in Advancing Social Workers Series with this year’s theme “Improving Practice Competencies Through Education and Mentoring yesterday morning.
On another proposal that any teacher have the right to bring a suspected pregnant students to the clinic for check-ups, Fatimah said that the matter also have pros and contras as currently the school authorities have to contact the student’s parents should they suspect their daughters are pregnant.
“Nevertheless, these proposals should be finalized by getting feedbacks from the parents and students first before being implemented, she added.
Also present at the workshop launching were State Welfare Department Director Noriah Ahmad, Prof Mohd Fadzil Abdul Rahman representing UNIMAS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khairuddin Abdul Hamid, the Workshop’s Organizing Chairperson Gill Raja and President of Malaysia Association of Social Workers Teoh Ai Hua.