Should students be allowed to bring handphones to school?
In our modern society, it is hard to find a student who does not own a handphone. However, there is also the never-ending debate of whether students should be allowed to bring handphones to school. My belief is that they should be allowed to bring their handphones to school. To back my stand there are several points.
Firstly, handphones should be brought to school so that in an emergency, the situation can be brought under control. When an accident takes place, the student will be able to contact the hospital for an ambulance. He will also be able to contact the injured student’s parents and inform them of what had happened to their child. If it were a life and death situation,, handphones were not allowed in school, then the injured student could even die.
Secondly, handphones play a useful role in oral communication. As most phones have a voice recording function, students will be able to practise their oral skills. These files can be sent to the teacher who will check them for speech mistakes, before sending them back to the student, stating their mistake. In this way, pupils can practice for their oral examination easily, instead of having to stay back for remedial lessons with the teacher.
Lastly, handphones can be used to capture evidence of any wrongdoing committed by other students. If a student sees another student stealing and he tells it to the teacher, he will not believe as he does not have evidence. But, if he could take a picture of the thief in action and show it to the teacher, disciplinary action would be taken against the thief as there is evidence to prove his wrong-doing. Subsequently the handphone can be used to take videos of gangsterism or other prohibited activities.
However, i can be claimed that the phone should not be brought to school because it is a disturbance in class. This is because students use it to send messages as well as to connect on social networking websites such as Facebook Twitter and Tumblr. The handphone can be also be used as a means of cheating during a test when students send the answers to each other. To curb the first problem, the phone could be switched off during the lesson. As for the second problem, the teachers could collect all phones before a test.
While the phone can cause problems in school, it benefits the student more than it harms it. Instead of harbouring a negative attitude towards the use of handphones in schools education professional should accept it as, after all, this is the digital age. Thus, I reiterate my stand that students should be allowed to bring their handphones to school.
Written by: G. Kesavahraj