China bans classroom mobile phone use over addiction concerns –



Wuhan schools
Elementary school students attend a class on the first day of the new semester in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province on September 1, 2020. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

China’s primary and middle schools have introduced a ban on mobile phone use in classrooms, among wider efforts to protect pupils from internet and video game addiction.

Primary and middle school students should not bring mobile phones into classrooms, according to a circular from the Ministry of Education (MOE) on Monday on phones on campus.

If students must have a mobile phone at school, a special request should be submitted to the school authorities along with written consent from their guardians, said the ministry.

Once the request has been approved, students should hand in their mobile phones to relevant school authorities upon arrival.

The phones will be kept together and should by no means be allowed into the classrooms, the circular said.

Further measures will be put in place by schools to…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper