France pon­ders ban­ning phones inside schools

The Phnom Penh Post - - WORLD -

FRENCH Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Jean-Michel Blan­quer has touched off a pub­lic de­bate about ban­ning phones in schools as he seeks to im­ple­ment a cam­paign pledge by Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron. In an in­ter­view with Ex­press mag­a­zine, the min­is­ter sug­gested that pupils might be asked to de­posit their phones in se­cure boxes when ar­riv­ing at school or for classes. “At our cab­i­net meet­ings, we drop our phones in lock­ers be­fore sit­ting down to­gether. It seems to me that this should be pos­si­ble for any hu­man group, in­clud­ing classes,” he said in the in­ter­view pub­lished Tues­day. Ex­perts and trade unions have pointed out that us­ing mo­bile phones in class is al­ready out­lawed in France, even though re­search shows that many pupils con­fess to hav­ing bro­ken the rules.

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