Thursday Cellphones, tablets banned in classrooms
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.”