The trend in the states of the Indian subcontinent for the past few months has been to meticulously ban the use of cell phones inside school premises for teachers. Some of the states that have already imposed this ban are Karnataka, Punjab In these states both Private as well as Government teachers are barred from carrying cell phones to classes and during class hours. There has been an increase in the complaints from the parents that the teachers give something to write and then start fiddling with their phones. Many access social media during class hours. This leads to distractions, and such teachers fail to motivate the students. As per the ban by the state government, if any teacher is found using cell phones in school, then they can report straight to the DEO (Director Of Education), and strict action would be taken against that teacher. The order states that if at all the family or friend has to contact the teacher, then they can do so through the school’s landline.
Now, is the ban right or wrong? This has been a question of debate for quite some time. Those who support this ban claim that they are distractions, not only to the teachers but also to the students. Students become inquisitive of what new the teacher is doing with her phone rather than concentrating on the subject. The ban supporters also argue that the phones about the potential damage that radiation from phones present, especially to children. But there are yet others who claim, that the Ban does not talk anything about students having cell phones in classes, which is the thing to be curbed. In this age where we Google to see anything to everything. Forbidding teachers from carrying them is not significant progress. Yes, you may restrain them from bringing it to class, they may be given a locker where they can safely lock their phones during class hours. When a dictionary is no longer a book but an app, Encyclopedia is Wikipedia, expecting the teachers to use the few computers in the computer lab to research on their subject is mere foolishness. When students themselves rely on the internet to do their project, the teacher is expected to be more up to date. When in an age where vegetable vendors and Milkman carry mobiles, stopping teachers from using the same is an act that might discourage potential teachers from taking up the teaching profession. Nowadays every class has a CCTV; the headmaster can monitor what is happening in the class from his room itself. If a teacher is seen using his/her phone for more than five minutes, she/he can be immediately reprimanded. Some of the teachers feel that they are being cornered, their argument is: if you say by banning mobiles in school, you are bringing distractions down, then why not ban mobile phones in Hospitals and for cab drivers, where lives are at stake? Whatever the argument may be, the ban has come into existence; now it is the time that would answer if this would result in an improvement in overall education standards or not.