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August 19, 2019

Dropped calls: Ontario set to ban cell phones in public school classrooms

March 14, 2019
Next year, the Canadian province of Ontario is banning cell phones in school classrooms. (iStockphoto)

Can you hear me now?

The province of Ontario — Canada’s largest — has installed a ban on the use of cell phones in school classrooms that commences next year.


Ontario’s education minister Lisa Thompson announced the new policy and said it would apply during instructional time, although she did leave wiggle room for exceptions, including for medical reasons and kids with special needs, reported BBC.

“Ontario’s students need to be able to focus on their learning,” said Thompson. “By banning cell phone use that distracts from learning, we are helping students to focus on acquiring the foundational skills they need like reading, writing and math.”

Although numerous Ontario school districts have already implemented similar prohibitions, the entire province must adhere to this one.

Thompson claimed 97% of parents and educators are in favor of a cell-phone ban during class time.

While the legislation received praise, others claim the ban is archaic and will not benefit kids about technology.

“Being in a middle school and high school that allowed technology use literally changed my life, and allowed me to change the lives of others and further spread my message across the world, wrote Loizza Aquino on Twitter, responding to the impending veto. “The cell phone ban is literally the most backwards progress thing I’ve heard in so long.”

French officials last summer banned cell phones in classes for students under the age of 16.

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