CANBERRA (Australia): The Australian government is pushing for a nationwide ban on the use of mobile phones by students during school hours.
The proposal will be floated during the education ministers at a meeting in Melbourne on Friday. The proposal follows Victoria’s decision to ban public school students from using their phones from next year in an effort to tackle cyberbullying and distraction in the classroom.
The devices have been banned in French schools, and Canadian provinces are also considering to follow suit.
Australia Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan has welcomed Victoria’s decision, saying that he hope all other states and territories followed suit.
He will bring international experts from France and Canada to Australia in the coming months to talk about their bans.
“With this move from Victoria my hope is we will see other states and territories follow suit,” he told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.
The devices have been banned in French schools, and Canadian provinces are looking at the policy. “The best approach is they go into the school locker at the start of school and they don’t come out until after school is finished.”
He said phones were a distraction in the classroom.
“It’s very difficult for teachers to teach when they are trying to discipline against the constant use of mobile phones,” he said.