France forbids smartphones, tablets use in school campus in an effort to stop students from being distracted during a class. Politicians in France voted in a support of a new law banning smart devices’ use in school, according to a report.
Students up to the age of 15 will not be allowed to use “all connected objects”, including smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches at school. Students with disabilities are free from the new law.
Some politicians criticized the legislation describing it as a “publicity stunt,” according to a report. While Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer proclaimed that the new law will modernize the country.
He previously also said that the ban was designed during the summer holidays for the health of children and adolescents as they are spending their breaks on smartphones, tablets or other smart devices.
Finally, Mr. Blanquer Tuesday stated that the legislation passed with only one vote against it. It will take an effect in September.
“Thank you to all parliamentarians for this progress for our schools,” Mr. Blanquer said.
Alexis Corbiere, the deputy leader of the Unbowed France party and a former teacher, argued that the law was unnecessary.
“This isn’t a 21st-century law in our eyes, but a law from the era of news channels and binary debate,” Mr. Corbiere said. “In reality, the ban has already been made.”
Mr. Blanquer said that a 2010 law, which bans the use of phones during teaching hours, was little weak, according to a report.
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