Education & Culture

Rishi Sunak’s 51-second video on mobile phone use in classrooms

Published : 23 Feb 2024 09:16 PM

England's prime minister, Rishi Sunak, has outlawed cell phones in all classrooms. He made this announcement via a video message on the X (previously Twitter) account. The guidelines were released on Monday by the British government.

According to CNBC News, the reason for the ban on cell phones is that they have a negative impact on schools. It disrupts studies. Government guidelines have given responsibility to head teachers to monitor the matter. The guidelines ask teachers and parents to ensure that students do not bring their phones to school. It has also been said that if someone brings a phone, it should be kept in the locker. The school authorities should ensure that no one uses the phone during class or that the ringing of the phone does not disturb the studies.

Sunak posted a 51-second video on X to explain how cell phones disrupt work. The video shows that whenever he is going to say something, the phone keeps ringing. About one-third of students reported how phones interfered with their studies, Sunak said. Many schools have already banned phones. As a result, the learning environment for the students has improved. New guidelines have been issued in this regard. All schools should follow these guidelines. We want to ensure that all students get the education they need.

Along with the video, Rishi Sunak wrote, 'We know how distracting mobile phones are in the classroom. Today we are helping schools end it.'

The British government issued new guidelines on Monday, backing headteachers to ban mobile phone use throughout the school day, including during holidays.

UK Education Minister Gillian Kegan said schools are a place for children to learn, and mobile phones are an unwanted distraction in the classroom.

A survey conducted by 'Parent Kind National Parent', a UK organization, revealed that about 44 percent of parents of schoolchildren are concerned about the amount of time their children spend on electronic devices. And 50 percent of parents of secondary students are worried.