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Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary General Wilson Sossion has requested President Uhuru Kenyatta to consider allowing mobile phones in schools.
His request has sparked yet another debate within the education sector. Sossion is of the idea that mobile phones in schools will be in line with a society that has seen a revolution in ICT solutions.
“Phones are just computers and our students should be allowed to own them in school to assist in their learning and research if the government wants to digitize learning and education in the country,” Sossion said.
“Let us not continue imprisoning them while dreaming of revolutionizing ICT in the country. Innovations in the IT are done by youth and the country should move in that direction,” he added.
Sossion further said that it is a necessity for Education CS Fred Matiang’i to have the ban on phones in schools, lifted immediately.
“Kenyans should not be misled that cheating is being aided by parent visit to schools in third term or phones or even phones while it is common knowledge that people at the Examination Council are behind leakages,” Sossion said. “Learners are being held back from breaking new grounds by being denied to utilize technology and it should be given priority so that the country can move fast,” he added.