Thurs­day Cell­phones, tablets banned in class­rooms

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Start­ing on Nov 1, pri­mary and mid­dle school stu­dents in Shan­dong province will not be al­lowed to use cell­phones or tablets in class­rooms in an ef­fort to curb the in­ci­dence of near­sight­ed­ness.

A reg­u­la­tion adopted by the provin­cial leg­is­la­ture last month calls on schools to keep such de­vices for the stu­dents dur­ing schooltime if they bring them to school.

Ac­cord­ing to a World Health or­ga­ni­za­tion re­port, the my­opia rate among Chi­nese pri­mary school stu­dents — nearly 40 per­cent — is the high­est in the world.

In Au­gust, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, the Na­tional Health Com­mis­sion and six other gov­ern­ment de­part­ments launched a plan to bat­tle near­sight­ed­ness in chil­dren. The plan asks teach­ers not to rely on elec­tronic de­vices when teach­ing and giv­ing as­sign­ments and asks them to as­sign only writ­ten home­work.

Sun Wei, deputy di­rec­tor of the province’s Pre­ven­tion and Treat­ment Cen­ter for Child Visual Im­pair­ment, said, “More than 40 per­cent of pri­mary and mid­dle school stu­dents in Shan­dong have my­opia, and I be­lieve with con­certed ef­forts from gov­ern­ment, school, par­ents and stu­dents, the rate can be re­duced.”

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