Saturday, November 03, 2007

It was bound to happen...

Over the weekend, I read this Article here and thought to myself, its finally happened. Almost everyone in the country owns a mobile phone. That.. its scary and yet, cool at the same time. But that also means, its likely that children these days make up a large percentage of that statistic.

I attended a 10 yr old kids birthday party recently, and I overheard someone asking the birthday girl, what she would like for her birthday as a gift. I was shocked when I heard the answer, "A mobile phone"(!!!) I mean, what does a 10 yr old want with a mobile phone?!

Over the past few weeks, there has been numerous feedback from various people in the Bulletin's opinion page about the Ministry of Education's decision to ban all mobile phones from schools. I have been following these comments with much amusement. There are some that feel that this was a long time coming, and there are those (mainly students surprise surprise) that feel that this new ruling is "unfair" and "unneccessary", one even going as far as saying now he has to WALK FURTHER to the school office to make a call, spending $0.10 - $0.20cents JUST to call his parents to pick him up! Even going as far as saying how can he be contacted if there's a family emergency like if someone passes away! Oh come on!

Personally, I support MOE's new ruling. I know numerous teachers who constantly complain about students not paying attention in classes because they're sms-ing or suddenly, their mobiles go off. Give teachers some respect I say. And if you're a student reading this, no offence, but please remember, if you're caught with a mobile, say your goodbyes, some schools c-o-n-f-i-s-c-a-t-e.