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Ottawa, Nov 4 (Canadian-Media): New restrictions on the use of cellphones and mobile devices in Ontario classrooms would take effect on Monday, media reports said.
A short statement was released Sunday by Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce, ahead of the restrictions of cell phones in classes after parents and educators reported the growing distracted students.
Stephen Lecce. Image credit: Twitter handle
“Student performance in high stakes exams significantly increases” with a ban on mobile phones. The improvements were largely seen among the students who were normally the lowest achieving,” a 2015 London School of Economics and Political Science paper found.
97 percent of students, parents and teachers who participated in last year’s consultations opted for restricted use of cellphone in classes.
Although some schools already have similar policies, but the directive sets a provincial standard.
Lecce added that the restrictions would provide a focused and academically-enriched learning environment for our students.
Students's use of personal mobile devices during instructional time would be limited to educational purposes and under an educator’s instructions.
Exceptions will be made for health and medical purposes, to support special education needs, or for educational purposes as directed by an educator.