Parliament discuss Mobile Phones and Students Welfare

Members of Parliament (MPs) have expressed concerns about the rate at which people these days stay glued to their mobile phones for long hours. The MPs admitted that the use of mobile phones has been of tremendous help to the masses especially with regards to business transactions, also noted that most people abuse its use thereby put their healths at risk.

Raising the issue on the floor of the House on Tuesday, the MPs observed that Ghanaians are gradually losing the usual courtesies they used to exchange and this they attributed to the use of mobile phones to chat on social media.

Ebenezer Kojo Kum of the Ahanta-West constituency, who made the statement on the Floor, told journalists later in an interview that parents must monitor their wards who are in the possessions of phones with regards to how they use such devices.

He said with reference to the huge number of students who fail their final English exams due to wrong spellings and shorthand or abbreviations of words which are mostly done during chats. According to the legislature, it is about time something positive is done to curb the emerging trend before the country is overtaken by events.

Speaker of Parliament, Prof Mike Oquaye said this emergence calls for serious action and therefore referred the statement to the communications committee of parliament for consideration and report.

Source: Theresa Adezewa Ayittey

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