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Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan’s schoolchildren are barred from using mobile phones during classes

Correspondents of “Chronicles of Turkmenistan” report that on 10 January the administrations of  schools summoned parents of junior graders and notified them that after winter holidays a ban on the use of mobile telephones is scheduled to be introduced in all schools.

The parents were asked to sign a document certifying that they have familiarized themselves with the new requirements but the majority have refused to do so and explained that they have to keep in contact with their children to be informed whether the classes are over and if a child has come back home from school.

Having failed to convince the parents, many school principals have delegates this responsibility to teachers threatening them with reprimands and dismissals in case the latter fail to make sure children do not bring cell phones to school.

Turkmen pro-government news outlets also reported about the ban of mobile telephones at schools. According to them, the Ministry of Education explains the newly-introduced requirement by the fact that the use of mobile phones negatively affects students’ academic performance and discipline.

New requirement also applies to the teaching staff, who are now obliged to switch their telephones to a silent mode and refrain from using phones during classes.

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