The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General Wilson Sossion has sparked fresh controversy after proposing that Secondary School students be allowed to have mobile phones in schools.
Sossion argues that mobile phones should be used to digitise the education system in the country, therefore, should not be banned in schools.
“Phones are just computers and our students should be allowed to own them in school to assist in their learning if the government wants to digitise education in the country,” he stated.
The Secretary General stated that it was misleading to blame the gadgets for exam cheating, urging the Education Minister Fred Matiang’i to immediately issue guidelines lifting the ban of phones in schools.
He termed denying students access to mobile phones as ‘imprisonment’ adding that revolutionising technology in the country would remain a dream if students were not allowed to use the gadgets in their studies.
“Let us not continue imprisoning them while dreaming of revolutionising ICT in the country. Innovations in the IT are done by youth and the country should move in that direction,” stated Sossion.
According to the KNUT boss, the country risked lagging behind if learners continued to be deprived of the opportunity to employ technology.
“Learners are being held back from breaking new grounds by being denied to utilise technology and it should be given priority so that the country can move fast,” he affirmed.
Mr Sossion further stated that regulations proposed by the Ministry including the prohibition of third-term events and extension of term dates were to blame for the recent wave of student unrests.
Here are some reactions from kenyans on facebook following his remarks