6 Feb 2013

Samoa gadget ban in schools welcomed by parents

5:34 pm on 6 February 2013

Many parents and teachers in Samoa are supportive of a ban on students using cellphones and other electronic devices at government schools.

The Ministry of Education has introduced the ban for this school year in an effort to crack down on student brawls.

Our correspondent Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia says some of the students attending colleges in the Apia district get involved in fighting after using a cellphone to text other students where to meet.

And he says many adults support the move, as often cellphones and ipads are also being used to share indecent and inappropriate images.

"It's a very important measure now being put in place to stop them from communicating with each other, if there is any friction between the students of different schools. And one other thing, because we had a problem also a year ago, with some of the students who were involved in exposing some of the pornography, you know sharing it and duping it to other students."

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia.