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Malaysia maintains ban on students bringing mobile phones to school

Published on Oct 4, 2012 8:34 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Education Ministry has decided to maintain its ban on students bringing mobile phones to school, said Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, said the ministry was still studying the need for students to bring IT devices such as netbooks and tablets to school, The Star newspaper on Thursday quoted him as saying.

"We have conducted a roundtable discussion on Aug 25 involving relevant stakeholders including headmasters, teachers, parents and non-governmental organisations to discuss the need of bringing IT gadgets, and proposals to use these as part of the learning process," he said in a written reply to a question in Parliament on Wednesday.

The review of the mobile-phone ban was announced last July by Deputy Education Minister Wee Ka Siong who had said some parents had wanted the government to review the ban.

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