Teach­ers, and oth­ers, waste man hours on their cell­phones

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Narendh Ganesh

AN IN­TER­EST­ING dis­cus­sion I had with some friends who are teach­ers jolted some thoughts that could in­flu­ence the way we view em­ploy­ment in gen­eral.

Quite of­ten teach­ers are seen to be busy com­mu­ni­cat­ing on their mo­bile phones dur­ing lessons. What­ever the rea­son, it was pointed out by a teacher that this is a dis­trac­tion and of­ten leads to poor con­cen­tra­tion in terms of les­son delivery.

While I would as­sume that the use of mo­bile de­vices, other than in im­part­ing sub­ject ma­te­rial, is strictly pro­hib­ited in schools, I am aware that such rules are never en­forced.

Given that tech­nol­ogy has be­come part and par­cel of life, pro­duc­tiv­ity in many ways has been af­fected, not only in the field of ed­u­ca­tion but in all in­dus­tries.

As an ex­er­cise, it would be in­ter­est­ing to test how many teach­ers are en­gag­ing in on­line com­mu­ni­ca­tion dur­ing the course of the school day. I have done so with my friends and chided them in this re­spect, much to their cha­grin. In the days of yore when no such tech­nol­ogy was in use, teach­ers max­imised their teach­ing hours for the spe­cific duty of ed­u­cat­ing the child.

While there counter-ar­gu­ments may in be this re­gard, the fact re­mains that many hours are lost, and if we ex­trap­o­late this in terms of pro­duc­tiv­ity coun­try­wide it would be, to say the least, stag­ger­ing.

I have used ed­u­ca­tion as an ex­am­ple, but this would ap­ply to all facets of em­ploy­ment in ev­ery field.

Any com­mu­ni­ca­tion dur­ing work­ing hours (with a po­ten­tial girl­friend or a dis­grun­tled spouse) should wait un­til the ap­pro­pri­ate time and should not be al­lowed to in­ter­fere in paid and, pre­sum­ably, pro­duc­tive vo­ca­tional mat­ters. Dur­ban North

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