On the first day after the winter holidays, January 13, a ban on the use of mobile phones came into force in Turkmen schools. Now pupils will be able to use gadgets only outside of school.
– This decision was made in connection with the negative impact of mobile phones on the performance and discipline of pupils, – noted the Chief Specialist of the Department of secondary education and educational work of the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan Byashim Tejenov. – Constant use of gadgets reflects not in the best way on the physical health of the younger generation.
However, the ban is also extended to teachers, whose phones now should work in silent mode. They will no longer be able to use their phones during lessons.
The goal of this policy is to provide an atmosphere focused more on studying without distractions and afford greater opportunities for social interaction and physical activity during breaks.
It is a prevalent practice in the world when phones brought to school must be turned off and locked away during the school day.
For example, in the UK, 50% of schools had banned mobile phones during the school day by 2007. This number increased till 98% by 2012. According to an investigation conducted by the London School of Economics, student performance improved when there were introduced policies prohibiting the use of cell phones in schools.
In France, since September 2018, mobile phones have been banned for pupils between the ages of 3 and 15.
Many US schools also have similar rules, and they report on improvement of study and engagement among students. In 2005, the New York City Department of Education imposed a citywide ban on the use of mobile phones in public schools. In March 2015, the citywide ban was lifted, but school principals, in conjunction with teachers and parents, can set rules for the use and storage of mobile phones during study time.