Mobile phones will be banned in all state schools across Victoria from the beginning of term one next year, in a policy designed to tackle cyberbullying and classroom distraction within our schools.
Students will not be able to use their phones within the classroom or at recess and lunch under the new stance which will be one of the toughest in the world.
Phones will have to be kept in school lockers from the first to last bell, unless a child needs to keep a phone for medical reasons or if there is a specific task that requires their use.
Victorian Education Minister James Merlino told ABC News, “This is for all state schools, government primary and secondary schools.”
“We can’t impose such a ban on our non-government sector [such as] Catholic and independent schools,” he said.
Phones have long been a discussion point when it comes to distractions within the classroom and one that teachers struggle with on a daily basis.
It is not yet clear how the government expects schools to enforce this ban, with the official announcement to take place at McKinnon Secondary College this morning.
AC News has already received comment from a number of students regarding the ban. More to come on the ban throughout today.
- Straight from our newsroom