Philippines    ROLE OF ETHICS IN EDUCATION STRESSED IN COMPUTER VIRUS AFTERMATH
A Filipino bishop has said that the 'I Love You' computer virus incident highlights the lack of ethics in information technology education.
   Archbishop Jesus Dosado of Ozamiz, who uses the Internet extensively, told UCA News that schools "are just giving information and teaching computer language."
   Educators need to exercise greater responsibility, and values education should be the core of any curriculum, he said.
   Earlier the National Bureau of Investigation questioned college students Onel de Guzman and Michael Buen as the suspected creators of the virus that wreaked havoc among email users worldwide beginning 4 May.
   Computer science teacher Oliver Malabanan of Catholic-run De La Salle University said the blame should not be placed entirely on the students.
   He said: "The school has the responsibility of moulding its students and graduates into responsible computer users. Values like honesty and social responsibility should be integrated in computer courses, because doing a program is not just about writing codes."
   
UCAN
23 May 00

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