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Part 1 (1): Choose 2 articles which are for handphones and 2 articles which are against handphones.

Hand Phones Should Be Allowed in School A Students Jeremiad

By Kevin Pinga- 16/2/2009

There was a period of time in this country where hand phones were freely brought to school. But towards the end of 2009, a strict rule that stated hand phones are not in allowed in school was introduced. This by far, has disrupted the lives of students, the comfortability of parents and good communication with teachers. This so called law seems to be bringing more bad than good. Thus, I have a serious objection on this rule, and a critical acclaim that hand phones should be allowed in school. Mark my words, it must be allowed!

Firstly, allowing hand phones in school will surely help a student in having better communication with parents in school. On many occasion, especially in the evenings when I would go home late from school, I find myself cursing the public phones in school. With so many vandals in school, finding a usable public phone to contact my parents is sometimes impossible. Phones not working, receiver not ringing and even coins that block the phone card slots! I wonder and really ponder, are there really serious idiots in school that cannot differentiate between a coin slot and a card slot? Thus, hand phones should be allowed in school.

I always gave the voice of the schools senior administrator of students affair in my head saying that You dont have to worry if you are scheduled to come back early because you will be notified at least a day earlier. I have no doubts on this, and y es the school surely informs students earlier, so that parents can fetch them on time. But reality simply states that not every students travel home with their parents or relations! Many students actually travel back by public transportation, especially by bus. With the uncertainty of public transport, anything can happen.

Take for example an incident that happened to me just last Friday. I boarded the bus, to be exact, a 4.30 p.m. bus that was scheduled to Arau, Perlis which was only about 5 kilometers from the bus station. But because of a breakdown of another bus, this bus of mine had to mix routes so that all the passengers would reach their destination. It went all the way to Kilang Gula, about 25 kilometers away from the bus station. But that wasnt the only bad luck I faced that day. On the way back home to Arau from Kilang Gula, the bus had a flat tyre at the left back. To get it fixed, it took up a total of more than two hours. I got home at around 7.30p.m. way delayed from schedule, with my parents worried sick about me. Why? Simply because I didnt have a hand phone to contact them. This brings to conclusion that a lot of things happen after school, rather than in school hours, so hand phones should be allowed.

Next, allowing hand phones in school also improves communication of students and teachers. Many times have I experience, us as students getting scolded by teachers for coming in late for class, especially subjects that are not taught in a classroom such as Science. This all happens because of lack of miscommunication between students and teachers, especially when theres a slight change of venue of the subject. Also, allowing hand phones in schools also help students to communicate better with each other. Even many teachers agree with this!

As of the bad hand phones can bring, due to the banning of hand phones, students actually break more rules when this law was created. You still can find a huge number of students bringing hand phones to school. Even with so many spot checks on hand phones being done, still students retaliate and bring them to school. Once a hand phone gets confiscated, you find that a student keeps a grudge on that teacher. Then it leads to many other wrong doings of that student. For example, he punctures the teachers car; he bullies other students and becomes a vandal just to show his grudge against that teacher. Now you see how disallowing hand phones in school can be bad. Apart from that, I also dont see how we can improve the usage of ICT in school if hand phones are banned. We often hear the government talk about the usage of ICT in

school. I still dont see how this crap is being fully put to use. I wonder if what they mean is by dummy slides and boring flash videos that are previewed to students in class. As a student in this modern era, that does not help a lot. When I think of the usage of ICT in school, I picture in my mind students using hand phones, tablet PCs, laptops and fast Wireless Fidelity (WiFI) connections to access info from the World Wide Web. Since hand phones are now considered as mobile computing, I dont see how it cannot enhance the usage of ICT in school. If you talk about students actually surfing illegal and prohibited sites, then whats the use of the government investing thousands of ringgit on the Websense project that blocks illegal sites? Whats the use of the Ministry of Education spending hundreds of thousands installing a WiFi network in every school if it cannot be fully utilized by every occupant of the school? It is really something to ponder about.

As stated above in my serious objections, I strongly believe that hand phones should be allowed in school. Instead of bringing good to students, it is only bringing more complications. As of the usage of technology in school using han d phones, I dont see why hand phones cannot contribute. We are supposed to look into the future and step in line with technology. But by banning hand phones in school, we are actually putting our country one step backwards. Once again, I critically acclaim that hand phones should be allowed in school.

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Who doesnt have a cell phone these days? The amazing thing about cell phones is that they are no longer just used for calling or texting. They have become an indispensable multi-tool wonder. Todays cell phone is cutting edge technology at your fingertips. With this in mind, should students be permitted to use cell phones in school? I believe they should not just be permitted to use cell phones, they should be required to use them. Cell phones dont just allow students to stay in contact with other students, they are also an excellent learning resource, and they encourage the responsible use of technology.

To begin with, cell phones make it possible for students to stay in touch with family and a student can call home and ask a family member to bring them a forgotten assignment or lunch money or to come pick them up if they are sick. Also, cell phones allow parents to keep track of their childrens whereabouts before, during, and after school. And, of course, theres always the possibility of a student needing to conta ct a parent because of a dangerous situation. Thus, having a cell phone is like having a guardian angel. Students can also connect with friends, but not just because its a fun thing to do; my teacher asks us to text or email our friends when they are absent to let them know whats going on in class and to inform them of any homework. When used responsibly, a cell phone can be an excellent school communication tool.

Cell phones especially smart phones - are a fabulous learning resource. Students can use tools such as the calculator, the map finder, and the calendar. Ive used my cell phone in Math and Geography and to keep track of homework. My science teacher lets us use our smart phones to do research when we are doing group work or working on a project. For example, when we were studying ecology we did research on local jobs having to do with protecting the environment. Plus there are lots of great learning websites including essay writing websites we can use to supplement the learning in class. Cell phones are a quick and easy way to incorporate technology in the classroom. Finally, cell phones encourage the responsible use of technology. Students can learn when and how to use their cell phones to enhance their learning. They can become more independent in their work and more motivated to learn. Students like being allowed to make choices, and they understand consequences. If a student is texting when he/she should be paying attention to the teacher, the teacher should take the cell phone temporarily away. No big deal. Before a test, all cell phones should be placed on the teachers desk. Again, no big deal.

By allowing the use of cell phones, students will feel like they are being treated like responsible young adults, and they will appreciate that. If teachers are patient, understanding, and consistent, students will surely become responsible users of technology.

Conclusion, people who oppose the use of cell phones in school do it because of the disruptions and distractions cell phones can cause. But we must accept that we live in a world of technology and that cell phones are an important and very useful part of that world. We miss out if we fail to take advantage of the educational power of the cell phone. All in all, cell phones improve communication, provide learning resources, and encourage appropriate use of technology. Teachers and administrators must find ways to incorporate this excellent multi-tool in our schools. As youve learned from this essay, its really not that difficult. Lets make the most of the day and age we are living in!

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The Disadvantages of Letting Students Use Their Cell Phones at Schoo l

By BS, Yahoo! Contributor Network -Sep 5, 2008 In most high schools, the majority of the students own a cell phone. Whatever the rules are at their school about cell phones, students use them. Sometimes they are caught by their teachers, but most of the time, students get away with it. Having a cell phone at school comes with many advantages, but there are also negative things that come of it. Students can turn their phone off, or turn it on vibrate or silence during their classes so that it does not ring and causes a disruption while they are learning. They are able to silence their phones, but most students will forget to this at least once during their high school career. When they do forget and they receive a call or text message, the whole class stops. Even if students put their phone in vibrate mode, some cell phones can still be heard. Everyone turns to look at what is causing the sudden noise and the teacher stops talking. This distracts students from their lesson and makes them have to re-focus all over again. Using cell phones during class is very common. It doesn't matter to students that they are not allowed to use their cell phones while they are in class, they do it anyway. They often send text messages to each other and this can also distract them from their education, as well as distract the person they are texting, which is likely to be another student. Many people call this the new way of passing notes.

Students who have their cell phone in class can use it to cheat. They can text another person and ask them the questions on the test, or the assignment they are given. This causes a problem because it can be very simple to do. Teachers pay attention to their students, but they cannot watch all of them at the same time. During a test it is more easier to catch a student who is text messages, but during regular class it can be easy to miss. Cell phones enable students to cheat fairly easily. Some believe that when students use their cell phones at school, it makes rumors spread faster. Everyone has access to a cell phone and when somebody hears a rumor, they send a text message to their friend to tell them about it, and their friend sends a text message to another friend, and so on. Some also think that the fast spreading of rumors makes it more likely that the rumours will worsen as it is being spread, and that the quicker it spreads, the worse it gets. When a rumour does start, the use of cell phone increases as each person receives the news, and the overuse of cell phones can cause cell phone network to overload which means that someone who is in an emergency would not be able to reach the people who could provide them help. The main problem that people have with students being able to use their cell phones during school hours is that students can use them to cheat. If it were not for that, most people would not have an issue, but since students are able to do this, it has become a problem. The problem is that high schools allow students to have cell phones, whether or not they are allowed to use them during school hours, and most students will use them whether or not they are allowed to. Extracted From: "Cell Phones at Schools: Should They Be Allowed?"

The handphone debate


MOBILES IN SCHOOLS: Teachers and parents voice their views on new proposal KUALA LUMPUR: PARENTS and teachers are divided over the Education Ministry's proposal to allow mobile phones in school, starting next year. The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) claimed yesterday that all 180,000 members were against the policy. However, parent-teacher associations contacted by the New Straits Times said the move was acceptable, provided strict regulations regarding usage were in place to ensure students did not abuse the privilege. NUTP president Hashim Adnan said the union's members were worried teachers would become the "inevitable victims" of the proposal. "If the government wants to allow handphones in schools, they must ensure that teachers will not be given the responsibility to safeguard their students' phones. "On average, there are more than 2,000 pupils in each public school and if all of them bring a handphone to school, who will ensure that none of them go missing?" Hashim added that NUTP members were against the government's proposal because it would not be conducive for all students. "Not everyone can afford a handphone. Some students may feel insecure or depressed if they couldn't afford an expensive phone like their peers. How will that affect our students' self-confidence?" On Monday, Deputy Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong had announced the plans to amend regulations in the Education Act 1996. He said the provision to allow students to bring handphones to schools would require strict guidelines. National Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) president Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Ali Hasan said handphones would distract students in classrooms. "While the teachers are teaching, the students will be busy with their handphones. The sound of ringtones and text message notifications will distract them from their lessons."

Ali was also concerned that the crime rate in schools would increase because of handphone thefts and bullying. "If everyone brought their handphone to school, criminals would start targeting the schools instead. I suggest the government allow only certain type of handphones to be brought to school such as the basic ones with incoming call and text messaging features." Parent Action Group chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim, however, said allowing students to bring handphones to school could enhance communication between students and parents. "This is important, especially for high school students who have extra-curricular activities. They can alert their parents on their whereabouts through the handphone." Noor Azimah, however, cautioned that strict regulations must be imposed and agreed that handphones should only be used during certain hours in school. She suggested lockers be installed in schools so that students could keep their textbooks and valuables safe. Extracted From :