Mahdzir: ICT de­vices not meant for en­tire school ses­sion

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BUKIT KAYU HITAM: Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid has stressed that the teach­ing and learn­ing process in the school class­room will go on as usual al­though stu­dents are al­lowed to bring along de­vices, such as tablets and net­books, to school from next year.

Mahdzir said al­low­ing stu­dents to bring along th­ese de­vices would just be a sup­ple­men­tary mea­sure for them to do ref­er­ence work in­ter­ac­tively dur­ing the teach­ing-learn­ing process.

He said the stu­dents were not meant to use them all the time.

“I em­pha­sise that it is not the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry’s in­ten­tion that stu­dents must learn through th­ese de­vices. The teach­in­glearn­ing process in school will go on as what it is cur­rently (done). (The de­vices are) just an ad­di­tional means of learn­ing for those stu­dents who bring the de­vices to school.

“Its us­age is not from 7.45am un­til 2pm.

“We have yet to fi­nalise this, whether it will be two or three hours, and at which time (th­ese de­vices can be used),” he said af­ter open­ing the 5th Kedah Scout Jam­boree and In­ter­na­tional Brother­hood 2017, here, last night.

Mahdzir was re­cently quoted as say­ing that the rul­ing on the use and type of ICT de­vices that stu­dents could bring to school was be­ing drawn by his min­istry.

On April 18, Mahdzir an­nounced the pro­posal to al­low stu­dents to bring ICT de­vices to school where they would be used to ease the teach­ing-learn­ing process in class­rooms, ac­cord­ing to the time and sub­jects de­ter­mined by the min­istry.

How­ever, he had said, the min­istry would only al­low such de­vices (tablets and net­books) and not the mo­bile phones, to be brought to school by stu­dents.

Mahdzir said the use of ICT de­vices had been al­lowed for some time in high-per­form­ing fully res­i­den­tial schools, and in­ter­na­tional and pri­vate schools.

Mean­while, over 4,000 scouts from sev­eral coun­tries, such as Thai­land and In­done­sia, took part in the four-day jam­boree. Ber­nama

PIC BY NOORAZURA AB­DUL RAH­MAN

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid with scouts dur­ing the 5th Kedah Scout Jam­boree and In­ter­na­tional Brother­hood 2017 in Bukit Kayu Hitam yes­ter­day.

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