I read doc’s blog this morning and catch no ball. I only heard the news over TV3 tonight and learnt that the Ministry of Education is going to allow handphones in school. WTF?
First, without arguments, handphones for primary school-going kids, i.e. those below 12 years is absolutely a very dumb idea. Parents who allow their below 12 years old kids to own handphone ought to sit down and listen to me nag in a 4′ x 4′ windowless room for hours till they go siao. In the first place, these little children are supposed to be under your care. You are supposed to see that she/he goes to school safely, stay there and you are supposed to pick/arrange for her/him back home safely. No further buts, ok? I SAID NO MORE ARGUMENTS.
Never mind that a certain Datuk of the highest ranking officer in charge of the education of Malaysia blatantly show off her 12 years old little girl garbed in Guess and jabbing away with her equally rich friends on their super canggih handphones, which eventually got plastered over all the front pages of the major newspapers when they got their UPSR results. I know ak, I am suppose to punctuate my sentences to make sense but who cares ‘cos I am damn tiu-ed with the lack of thoughtfulness from the Datuk himself. Stop living in your mighty golden tower and get down to the bendang and sawah to feel for the less fortunate kids.
Now, secondary school kids are those in the age group of 13 years old to 17 years old. Any stupid, moronic, dumb-ass parents should know by now that ALL teenagers have to chat, sms, sending emoticons, MMS and whatever communication technology they can afford if you allow them.
There is nothing wrong, of course. My kids do that all the time. It is perfectly alright. All I need is to give an icy-cold warning that the handphone is going into the bowl of curry fish head if the KNNCCB polyphonic ringtones kept going off everytime I am about to put a tablespoon of rice into my mouth. That is how much SMS-es a teenager has.
School hours is only a mere 7.30 am – 2.30 pm max. Those hours are best left without handphones. Who needs a handphone? By 13 years old, any gong kia also know how to use the public phone if they need to urgently call their mothers. Any budak donggoi also know how to ask for help from the teacher if they seriously need to call home or something. If a kid shitted in his pants, he can probably get his teacher to call home to cart him back.
The only two parties who probably pushed for handphones to be allowed in school are :
1) The kids themselves;
2) Who else but the service provider and handphone makers who see a lot of $$$ when they feed the kiasu parents desires to outdo each other kids by supplying the latest 3G.
3) Plus those guilty parents who think they can make up for their lack of time and attention for their children by supplying their kids with them.
I really appreciate the headmaster and teachers of Sek. Men. St. Xavier for their very strict, no handphones rules. Once, my son has gotten his handphone confiscated for two weeks. Padan muka (to the son). Another son had his skateboard confiscated and this hot mama gotta go to the discipline teacher to hiao-hiao to get it back.
“Aiyoh, Mr. Tan (not real surname), school holidays also you have to work? You teachers are a very hardworking lot ya?”
Mr. Tan grin-grins. “Sit down, sit down. What can I do for you, ma’;am?”
Me, “Ascherly hor, my name is 5xmom and my CCB son from Form One Lembu had done something wrong. I am here hor, to ask a small favour from you. I really hope you do not mind. *blink, blink and flutter eyelashes * It is actually (NOT MY BLOODY) my fault la, Mr. Tan. I shouldn’t have allowed him to bring the skateboard to school.”
Mr. Tan realised he had been conned, “Oooh….your sons’ stuffs AGAIN got confiscated issit?”
So, that’s why I don’t need my kids to bring handphones to school because I know theirs are going to be confiscated when their bevy of love-strucked girls crushes from Convent, Methodist and PCGHS sms lovey-dovey emoticons to them during their Add Maths, Physic, Accounts lesson. I am almost over the hill and cannot afford to continue blink-blink, flutter eye-lashes at the teachers. Their headmaster is a missionary man who doesn’t take that kind of shit from silais like me. Headmaster will probably throw a cross at me and say, “Die, devil, die, leave this poor woman alone, why is her eyes blinking like that!”
So, what say you? Do you agree that the Ministry of Education should send a circular to all schools to allow their students to bring handphones to school? (My children’s secondary school doesn’t allow them now.)