Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary General Wilson Sossion wants the government to allow secondary students to have mobile phones in school.
He said the move is part of digitizing education in the country and would aid students in learning.
“Phones are just computers and our students should be allowed to own them in school to assist in their learning and research if the government wants to digitize learning and education in the country,” Sossion said.
“Let us not continue imprisoning them while dreaming of revolutionizing ICT in the country. Innovations in the IT are done by youth and the country should move in that direction,” he added.
He said there was need to lift the ban on phones in schools, calling on Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to issue a circular immediately on the same.
He also claimed that it was misleading to make Kenyans believe that phones aid in exam cheating, blaming the menace on examination council officials.
“Kenyans should not be misled that cheating is being aided by parent visit to schools in third term or phones or even phones while it is common knowledge that people at the Examination Council are behind leakages,” Sossion said.