Board says cell phones are a 'serious cause of distraction'
Parents of kids who study in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools will be relieved to know that the cell phone bills will decrease a bit. That's because the students of CBSE schools will not be allowed to use cell phones when in school campus. What more, this might just help them concentrate on their curriculum better.
In fact, the restriction has been imposed on use of cell phones by anyone on school campus, be it students, teachers, or any other working staff. The purpose of this move is to recreate the good old cellular phone-free, distraction less environment in educational institutions.
The CBSE Board explains its decision pertaining to cell phones having become a ''serious cause of distraction, lack of concentration, anxiety, fear and sometimes even misuse. Even if the mobiles are in silent mode, they can be a source of disturbance within the classroom as students can make use of Short Messaging Service (SMS) during the class or even during an assignment. The cameras which are a common feature now in most mobile phones can also be misused.''
However, the circular clarifies that the school authorities may provide land line telephone/s from where the teachers and students can make calls in need and emergency, if necessary. There could be a centralized system of receiving and recording calls for teachers and students of the school.
Shouldn't other state boards of education take a cue from this move and adopt similar strict bans on the new generation distractions in schools?