Sunday 26 May, 2019

BNCPTA supports pause on cell phone policy

FILE - President of the Barbados National Council of Parent Teacher Association (BNCPTA), Shone Gibbs.

FILE - President of the Barbados National Council of Parent Teacher Association (BNCPTA), Shone Gibbs.

A cell phone policy will impact and redefine the culture of the education system in Barbados.

This is the view of President of the Barbados National Council of Parent Teacher Association (BNCPTA), Shone Gibbs, who has thrown his support behind the Minister of Education's decision to put the implementation of the cell phone policy on hold.

Gibbs said the BNCPTA has always held the view that the policy is not ready to be implemented since more consultation is needed with stakeholders for this to move forward.

"We have always argued that at this time we are not ready for legalising cell phones in schools in that fashion. We have always said that we believe there are some issues to be addressed in terms of discipline as a whole," Gibbs noted.

Ensuring that everyone can be on board and fully engaged is also critical, he said.

He further stated that teachers at this stage do not know much about the policy, "And they being the critical persons that will have to deal with it in the context of the schools, we believe that we should engage them more," he said.

On Tuesday Minister Jones, while indicating that the policy is not yet in place for the start of the new school term next week, made it clear that no group or person will prevent the Ministry from implementing the pending cell phone policy.

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