Ukraine To Ban Mobile Phones In School

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian school students will soon face a ban on using mobile phones in class, the Interfax news agency reported on Wednesday.

Mobile phones belonging to students must be turned off completely during class hours, or risk confiscation by teachers, government officials said.

"We have classes of up to 30 students, and what kind of teaching is possible when a phone rings in a classroom every minute?" said Stanislav Mykolenko, Ukraine Education Minister.

Technically-savvy students using their phones to store data, or to consult with parents on answers needed on tests, have made mobile telephones dangerous to the educational process itself, Mykolenko argued.

"The only solution is to forbid them totally ... students using their phones during class will lose them," he warned.

The ban will go into effect after summer vacation, in September.

More than 5 million Ukrainians aged seven to 17 study in the former Soviet republic's national education system.

At least 80 per cent of those students own and operate a mobile phone, according to industry estimates.

Mobile phone usage in Ukraine has skyrocketed in the last decade.

Ukrainian society has long considered possession of a mobile phone, and using it loudly in public, proof of material success.

Source: Earth Times


Mark Anderson said…
There's no motivation to have mobile's turned on while in school, or even to have them in school whatsoever. We appeared to oversee without them in the recent past.
Thanks a lot for your post.