Minister of Education Ronald Jones says he is sticking to his plans of lifting the current cellular phone ban in schools.
Speaking during a book launch this morning at the Ministry of Education, Elsie Payne Complex, Jones suggested that while some people were critical about his proposal to lift the ban, it was important to note that school administrations were tackling the issue of children sneaking phones into schools.
Jones said while he responded to the apprehension of the wider society, by refusing the use of cellular phones in schools, he has contributed to liars in Barbados.
“Do you have a cellularphone? No sir. All of our children were generally lying to their teachers and to their school leaders. Even when cellular phones were banned in schools, and they are still banned by the way, you were seeing pictures or video clips of the school. So who is taking that? The children or the teacher? The children who were doing that. They are not hiding it in the cus cus grass,” he said.
He noted that the use of technology was developed to bring people together and share information collectively and a policy to control and regulate the use of cellular phones in schools was needed.
Jones argued that many people used technology without understanding its uses.
“We are saying put tablets in our schools but keep cellular phones out. And I am saying what stupidity. You don’t understand that the rates at which apps are being developed that a cellularphone app placed in the tablet that already has camera capabilities, can do everything. That is just the same thing. Keep the cellular phone out, but bring the tablet is a contradiction in reality.
The book Heritage Barbados, a pictorial journey by Rasheed Boodhoo, will be distributed to all public and private schools across the island, at no cost.
The book is a celebration of all things Barbadian, creating a quintessential pictorial journey that extracts the raw essence of the island. Author Boodhoo offers the priceless moments captured, giving readers a glimpse of the past, an appreciation of the present and a window to by-gone times for future generations.
Jones lauded the book which he said would give the students a look into the country’s history and also its dynamic landscape and history.
Meanwhile, Boodhoo, also a photographer whose work is being presented said putting together the book was not an easy task, but indicated that he was happy to have made the contribution to society.