Wiersma to talk to schools about cell phone bans

Wiersma to talk to schools about cell phone bans

Minister Wiersma will talk to schools about the ban on cell phones in classrooms. He acknowledged in the House of Representatives that cell phones can disrupt lessons, but cautioned that policy development on this issue depends on schools. “This space is there, and schools occupy that space.”

Wiersma also acknowledged that it can be confusing that one teacher in one school encourages cell phone use in the classroom while another does not. The ministry is already helping schools on how to use cell phones. However, she said she wanted to intensify these talks after a request from the CDA and PVV. He leaves his assessment of this motion to the discretion of the Assembly, which means he can practically live with it.

CDA MP Peters and his PVV colleague Beertema have long criticized the use of cell phones in the classroom. Their app states that “it’s nearly impossible to properly follow lectures when a smartphone is nearby, and there is broad consensus that smartphones are very problematic in the classroom.”

Accordingly, the cabinet should discuss with schools and other parties how smartphones could be banned in the classroom and whether a nationwide ban would help.

Source: NOS

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