Jakarta governor supports ban on gadgets in school

Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has expressed his support to ban communication devices or gadgets being brought to school by children, arguing the students should not be nudged toward consumerism.

"I think it's good, in the sense that we should not teach children to (fall into consumerism)," Jokowi said at City Hall on Monday as quoted by Antara news agency.

Jokowi disclosed that communication is important, but a cell phone or gadget for elementary school students and junior high school is not yet necessary.

"If parents need to contact their children, they can do so through the school teacher. Let the Jakarta Education Agency and schools set the regulation," he said.

Previously, the Jakarta Education Agency prohibited students from bringing a cell phone to school.

This ban was aimed at preventing a repeat of a recent incident where junior high school students were engaged in immoral behaviour by filming improper acts.

Agency head Taufik Yudi Mulyanto pointed out that the agency had instructed the heads of schools in Jakarta to inform parents of the new policy banning students from using cell phones.

"Schools will prepare adequate facilities and infrastructure to support the students' activities," he said, adding the students often surpass adults in their ability to use communication devices or gadgets.