Dokora remarks on ICT gadgets in schools a ‘terrorist campaign’: Chamisa

Member of Parliament for Kuwadzana East, Nelson Chamisa has labelled remarks by the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Lazarus Dokora that school children should be authorised to use ICT gadgets as similar to terrorist campaign.

Primary and Secondary Education Minister Dokora ignited a controversy early this month when he suggested that information communication technology (ICT) gadgets are fundamental for school children and would not have any effect on the country’s education system.

Speaking at a discussion titled Zimbabwe’s impending Cyber Security Bill held at the Media Centre, Former Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Minister, Chamisa said Dokora’s remarks are linked to terrorism.

Dokora said Zimbabweans must not clash with technological advances after he was questioned by senators who argued that if implemented, the use of cell phones in schools would encourage child pornography as well as cyber bulling.

“I rebuke Minister Dokora’s sentiments and I also think that those views fuel terrorism.  ICT gadgets are tools that can also be used as weapons. It’s similar to giving a knife to a child. Children can use it as a weapon against themselves and I think we as parents, have a duty to protect our children,” angrily said Chamisa.

He said after Dokora’s remarks, he was anxious that some “old women in Parliament” seemed to be for the idea of ICT tools in schools while disregarding the fact  that it had the potential of compromising children’s’ uprightness by exposing them to ills such as pornography.

”The problem we have is that Ministers got to use ICT gadgets at an old age. Why would one give alcohol to a Christian” queried Chamisa adding that ICT gadgets are not meant to intimidate young minds.

He went on to say that everyone is obliged to protect children from the use of cell phones in learning environments.

Speaking at the same event Chris Musodza, an IT expert echoed the above sentiments when he said that Dokora is erroneous.

“ICT gadgets can now be used for many things such as the popular “sexting” hence authorising them would be tantamount to destroying the lives of young minds,” said Musodza.

The controversial Minister Dokora hit a squall again when he urged parents to pack condoms in school bags.

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