Classroom mobile phone use banned
All primary and secondary school students in China will, in principle, be barred from bringing mobile phones to school, the Ministry of Education announced on Monday. The notice aims to protect students' eyesight, make sure they focus on their studies and prevent them from becoming addicted to the internet and online games.
If students must have a mobile phone at school, a special request should be submitted to school authorities along with written consent from their guardians, said the ministry.
Once the request is approved, students should hand in their mobile phones to school authorities upon arrival. The phones will be kept together and should by no means be allowed into classrooms.
Schools should not assign or ask students to do homework via cellphones, and they should set up public phones and teacher hotlines for communication between parents and students, it added.
Schools should set out rules for the management of cellphones and designate people to take custody of mobile phones brought to schools, it said.