MoE mulls use of mobile phones in schools

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Ministry of Education is studying the possibility of lifting the ban on mobile phone use in classrooms to help students access information while learning.

Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman told The Brunei Times on Saturday that some schools abroad have started allowing the use of mobile phones and other devices and have put them to good use.

“So we’ll see if our students can also make good (use) of them too because we’re worried they may use them (mobile phones in class) for other things,” he said.

He said they are looking into this and are hoping to introduce the use of mobile phones in schools as well.

However, he noted that “it’s too early to say because we have to learn from how other countries are doing it.”

In 2007, the Ministry of Education banned the use of mobile phones in schools, but it was previously reported that some students still bring mobile phones to classrooms despite the ban.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi added that he is aware Indonesia has already started allowing students to use mobile phones in schools.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the launch of the Second Politeknik Brunei International Symposium.

In his speech during the event, he said educators can offer students a mix of technologies from various IT devices available today.

He said students need to have the choice to use any emerging technologies that challenge them through challenge-based learning, to use technologies in ways that are meaningful, not only for the sake of interests but also for personal development and thinking skills.

“Multiple devices also give students choices on which devices or technology they want to use. More often, students will choose a blend of different technologies and they will take the best and most effective ways to complete learning outcomes.

“We are at a time in education where if we are going to legitimately engage a young person of the 21st century, it seems that we can’t do this without technology,” he added.

The minister said it is through technologies that will enable students to explore different areas of learning to go well beyond the constructs and confines of a set school curriculum.

The Brunei Times