Osogbo - The Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Osun, Sunday Akere, has warned secondary school students issued with mini-computers by the state government against using them to view pornographic materials.
Akere gave the warning on Wednesday in Osogbo.
He said that the government had discovered that some of the students were replacing the academic installations in their computers with pornographic materials.
The commissioner said the "immoral act by the students'' would defeat the objectives for which the computers were distributed.
"We have installed every subject including religious studies in the device, with a view to reducing the burden of cost of text books for parents and expose them to computer education.
"The state government had distributed computer tablets called 'Opon Imo' to students in Senior Secondary Schools. The distribution is on-going," Akere said.
"It is unfortunate that some of these students have found means of using the computer tablets to download unwholesome materials.
"The government had designed the computer tablets to aid teaching and learning in schools.
"It is a complete learning tool that does not need to interface with any other device.
"It is unfortunate that some of the students have been withdrawing what government installed in the computer, replacing them with pornography and other private things.
"I wish to call on teachers and parents to ensure proper monitoring of students and the computers; we should all ensure that students are doing the right things for academic excellence.
"Pornography was not part of the design; this negative trend is a reflection of the decadence that prevails in society," Akere said.
He said the government had inaugurated a committee that would be paying unscheduled visits to secondary schools for proper monitoring of students and the computers.
The commissioner therefore called on parents to monitor their children and discourage them from installing immoral and unproductive devices in the system.
"Proper upbringing of children is not the sole responsibility of teachers and government but also that of the parents; let us jointly handle these children for better tomorrow,’’ Akere said.
The state government had also placed a jingle on radio and television to sensitise parents and guardians on the matter.
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