According to the Dutch education ministry, technology is a distraction from learning and will only be permitted if absolutely necessary.
The Dutch government announced that mobile phones, tablets, and smartwatches will be mainly barred from classrooms as of January 1, 2024, in an effort to reduce distractions during teaching.
Devices will only be permitted if they are particularly required, such as during digital skills training, for health reasons, or for individuals with impairments.
“Even though mobile phones are intertwined with our lives, they do not belong in the classroom,” education minister Robbert Dijkgraaf said.
“Students need to be able to concentrate and need to be given the opportunity to study well. Mobile phones are a disturbance, scientific research shows. We need to protect students against this.”
An agreement between the ministry, schools, and allied organizations led to the prohibition.
According to Dijkgraaf, schools can organize the ban anyway they see fit, but if this does not produce satisfactory outcomes by the summer of 2024, then laws will be followed.
Even while they are immensely helpful, phones may be annoying. There is no time to read because some pupils use mobile phones all through class or study periods. WhatsApp, music, the internet, movies, Instagram, Snapchat, and other things are some of the diversions. These non-productive distractions cause students to become disengaged from their studies and waste a lot of time. These diversions undermine their enthusiasm in learning, which results in them losing the attention and concentration that are essential components of every program.
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