AG supports cell phone use in schools

A recent video –– filmed with a mobile phone – showing a mob of students at Lester Vaughan School attacking one of their peers in a brutal assault is not enough to sway Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite to reverse his support for legitimizing the use of mobile devices in schools.

Brathwaite’s Cabinet colleague, Minister of Education Ronald Jones, plans to lift the nine-year-old ban of cell phones and allow students to freely take their devices to school come September, much to the dismay of the teachers’ unions.

And the Attorney General seems resigned that there was little either the schools or Government could do to keep the technology out of the classroom.

“What I can say to you is that, when my two sons were at school everyone had cell phones.  It is nothing new about this, so you either do it legitimately or they going to take them in their bags. That is the reality,” Brathwaite told Barbados TODAY.

Earlier this month, President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union Mary Redman had appealed to Jones to reverse his decision, contending that these devices would only exacerbate the problem of gang activity and pose a major security threat to schools.

Redman had told Barbados TODAY that a troubling trend had emerged where students affiliated with gangs from various communities were using their mobile devices to call for backup whenever there was conflict with other students. She also lamented the many examples on social media of students engaging in brutal and barbaric fights, spurred on by their classmates, in a bid to garner likes.

However, Brathwaite was adamant that given the fact that cell phones are commonplace among youth culture, the answer did not lie in restricting phones and tablets, but in ensuring students use them constructively.

“We need not fear the technology. We need to ensure that they use it and use it correctly. The technology is here to stay and it has lots of positive benefits. So we have to ensure that our young people learn how to be responsible, and we could only do that by giving them responsibility,” he stressed.

11 Responses to AG supports cell phone use in schools

  1. watchful warrior May 24, 2017 at 5:56 am

    There is never a problem with a isenof a thing but rather hownit is used…
    Put rules in place
    As for gangs … They will never end…their activities can be curtailed but you don’t never seem tonwant to do anything about crime in this nation … I am positive that most crime among the yuth in this place can be deterred IFR they knew they would be punis. …yuh seem to be Keeping on fulfilling the agenda of your paymasters at this expense of the nation

  2. Oblivious May 24, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Who the hell is going to make sure that cell phones are used only for positive activities in schools! The buck will as usual be passed to the teachers who are tasked with correction every problem faced by the young people of the society. Books have been known from the time of their existence to contain invaluable information especially those found in schools yet most of the students have little interest in them. Why therefore should we believe that the new technologies will be used by those who presently have little or no interest in schools in a positive way when they can use them to do all the negative stuff that they find so much more attractive!

  3. Mona Robinson May 24, 2017 at 7:07 am

    This is where we are in this society. Those who ought to know better and have responsibility, have not a clue about what they are doing. The Attorney General’s attitude seems to be saying that because young people have access to phones that should determine the decisions about the rules we make which govern our schools. In other words, let the children do as they please. What rules will be in place? How will they be enforced? Who will enforce them? What about children leaving their phones at home and those who bring them to school illegally never getting them back? What about that for an idea? Who is really in charge here?

  4. Johnathan May 24, 2017 at 7:12 am

    We will soon have cases where they take pics of exam papers and send them out to be answered to pass exams.. This is one sick,inept,careless,lazy,indifferent stupid,Government under a similar leader.

  5. Helicopter(8P) May 24, 2017 at 11:01 am

    The character of an individual begins from birth! If that character is wholesome and is nurtured like a highly cultured rose then you reap the results. If left to grow like a weed at the side of a rocky cart road there is no enhanced beauty

  6. Mr Rock usa May 24, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Mr A.G did someone Put a script in your hand. Are you all being controlled. I have this sick feeling that that’s the case. Everytime you open your mouth crap comes out. What is your job titles sir. Is it to read talking points from your controllers. Do us all a service sir. Resign and spare us the shame. The rest of the world is laughing at us.

  7. Bobo May 24, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Psycopath Politicians cruelty- disrespect to the locals–is their name of the game.

    Folks, the future ”high” pertain to the new generation, if and when they don’t have a proper education with two languages, what future will they have.

    Please -Folks –time to stand up for your rights — END THE BAN OF CELL PHONES IN SCHOOL—cellphones are a great distraction to the brain cells .

    Folks please forgive Mr Braithwaite cruelty, he knows why he want
    cellphone in school–because the children are on a learning journey hence peace and concentration—cellphones and studying do not go well together —During the colonial days Britain curriculum was only-
    interested in three potentials Lawyers -Doctors- Economist robbing and taking advantage of the poor
    Mr Braithwaite a member of ”DIVIDE AND RULE—Black poor people children is not his call. Sad but True–

  8. ToRiseAbove May 24, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    What is the point of banning cell phones when the law is not enforced? Clearly the ban serves no purpose. I suggest that we use technology to ensure these devices are not used inappropriately.

    Apps can placed on phones by parents to monitor or restrict usage. Mobile networks and wi-fi’s can also monitored and restricted within the confines of schools.

    Fight fire with fire or in this case technology with technology. Let’s not have old world thinking for new age problems.

  9. SHARON May 24, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    i guess no one who commented here has a kid at secondary school all de school children does carry school their cells phones n hide it in their bags at ALL DE SCHOOLS my thing is how u letting the kids bring a tablet to school but not a phone whats the sense there tablets can make calls too

  10. Milli Watt May 24, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    de man just turn a situation that could result in he looking as if he doing some work (for once) and then this. I DONE!!!!!

  11. Concern citizen May 27, 2017 at 11:40 am

    This AG found himself in a place he never expected to be. He was caught off guard and given a script to read he never looked over. It is for this reason he acts so immature and silly. I have been following his activities as AG for sometime now and realize he is childish ,naive and stupid when he has to make decisions on critical issues. It is a good thing that barbados still have some of its morals left to strive on from some of the past AG’s who set standards by which this country should be governed. He is a waste of time and and just taking up public space. A former Lawyer should is not be the only criteria for the position of AG. JUST ANOTHER NUSIANCE IN OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT.


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