Dr Walli: “Why society should embrace values amid AI fears”

Pundits have argued members of the community to throw weight behind values of children amidst the growing fear of challenges that may be resulted from the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies.

Speaking during International General Certificate for Secondary Education (IGCSE) graduation at the Aga Khan Mzizima Secondary School in Dar es Salaam, Chief Executive Officer for Aga Khan Education Service (AKES), Shelina Walli admitted that AI may influence decision making but communities should stick on values.

“Yes, there is artificial intelligence [IA] that may take over the knowledge, may influence decision making, and it can inhibit some professions but as parents and community, the values and knowledge we instill into our children are here to remain,” she insisted.

Former Minister for Finance Ms Zakia Meghji delivers her speech at International General Certificate for Secondary Education (IGCSE) graduation of  Aga Khan Mzizima Secondary School in Dar es Salaam

On his part, Dr Arun Mukherjee, the head of AKMSS reminded the IGCSE graduates that despite being the ‘21st Century Learners’ which is mainly characterized by the use of AI, machine learning, robotics and many more, they should invest their time for good use of this technology.

“Careful use of technology can enhance our learning. I would expect from this brilliant cohort that you will show the right path of learning. As you move on with the process of learning; you need to build up trust in yourself and respect for self and respect for others!

“We all teachers have seen you to grow and we expect to see that you are not running after marks in life but chasing after knowledge. For this you need to build trust in you and trust with others,” he said.

Dr Mukherjee added that real learning cannot be measured by marks as he argued graduates try to build their concepts, skills, communicate with others with compassion, show good gesture, be humble and polite.

Students performing during International General Certificate for Secondary Education (IGCSE) graduation of Aga Khan Mzizima Secondary School students held in Dar es Salaam.

“As you embark on this new journey, cherish the friendships and memories you have created here. Remember the teachers and staff who have supported and guided you. They believe in your potential and have prepared you for the challenges that lie ahead,” he said.

On her part, former Finance Minister Ms Zakia Meghji who was a guest of honour argued for better use of social media as well as focusing on education.

“If it wasn’t for education, I wouldn’t have been the first female Minister for Finance,” she said as she thanked the school for investing in students’ talents.

Ms Meghji acknowledged the support of families, teachers, and friends for the graduates to accomplish their dreams.

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