We all embrace with open hands the one laptop per child program. However, much as the laptops are good, we need not ignore the shortcomings they might bring forth. It appears to me that children will lose their thinking skills as a result of advanced technology.
Children in class used to have what teachers would term as mental work where one was provoked to think critically by scratching the head and then giving an answer.
Because of the advancement of technology everything is done using computers, without which one can never be right.
You find students in class or in an examination room with calculators storming all their desks.
Those without them borrow from their colleagues and this has turned out to be a source of malpractice in examination rooms.
Again, if we are not serious enough, we are soon losing our culture and leaving it in the hands of the western world. I was recently shocked on hearing that five young girls and five young boys were seriously involved in group sex race. What is more disheartening was that there was even a fifteen year old girl involved.
When they were asked by police, one smartly said that this happens on internet where people try to find out who plays sex better and faster and so they wanted to try it because they are not different from those who do it.
Regardless of age and sex, where is our tradition and culture heading?
The author is a teacher at Kagarama secondary school