Indimuli Kahi, the secondary school principals association chairperson has elicited a quite controversial debate over access to mobile phones by students.
Kahi now says the changing trends in the digital economy should allow students to have mobile phones in schools.
“I always say this and I am always bashed but the truth is that technology is the way to go, and it should apply even to our education,” Kahi said.
However, the chief principal said the access to the phones should be well-guarded by teachers.
“Time has come when we need to think again on policies of use of mobile phones in schools by our students,” Kahi said.
The Machakos School principal was speaking on Saturday when the female teachers association launched digital products for members.
Kahi explained that for instance, during the Covid 19 pandemic, most classes were being taken online.
Students would log in to classes, either using their own, or their parents’ laptops and mobile phones.
“During Covid, schools were closed students were always on digital platforms, but immediately we opened school we banned phones,” he said.
But Kahi says the ministry of education should consider introducing gadgets which will have guarded sites.