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Education Minister backs ‘common sense’ approach to phones in classrooms

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Ben Fordham says if it were up to him, mobile phones would be banned in classrooms.

And it appears the Federal Education Minister is following the same line of thinking.

France has moved this week to ban phones in schools for children under the age of 15 and the NSW government is supporting similar action.

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan tells Ben “common sense” should prevail.

“I can see no reason why, when kids enter the classroom, they can’t hand their mobile phone over and then, at the end of class, pick them up again.

“That way you’d enable teachers to know they have the concentration of the students for the time they’re in class.”

Ben jokes that Mr Tehan is about to become unpopular with teenagers across the country, but the Minister says he has their best interests at heart.

“I’ve got some teenage kids so you’re absolutely right, but I think in the long run they will thank governments that act in this way.

“In the end, we want to make sure that kids are concentrating while they’re in class so they get the best results they possibly can from their school years.”

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