Use of ICT devices not throughout classroom session in schools

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 their ICT devices like tablets and netbooks to school from next year.

Mahdzir said allowing students to bring along these devices would just be a supplementary measure for students to do reference work during the teaching-learning process in an interactive way, and not using the devices all the time.

"I wish to emphasise that it is not the Education Ministry's intention that students must learn through these devices, no. The teaching-learning process in school will go on as what it is currently. (The devices are) just an additional means of learning for those students who bring the devices to school.

"And it's usage is not from 7.45am until 2pm. Perhaps for two hours but and we have finalised this yet, whether two or three hours and at which time (these devices can be used)," he said after opening the 5th Kedah Scouts Jamboree and International Brotherhood 2017, here, last night.

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

Earlier, on April 18, Mahdzir announced the proposal to allow students to bring ICT devices to school where their usage would be to ease the teaching-learning process in the classroom, according to the time and subjects determined by the ministry.

However, he said, the ministry so far  would only allow such devices (tablets, notebooks) and not the mobile phone, to be brought along to school by students.

Mahdzir said usage of ICT devices had been allowed since quite a while back for high-performing fully residential schools, and international and private schools.

Meanwhile, the four-day scouts jamboree is participated by over 4,000 scouts including from Thailand and Indonesia. — Bernama