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Cell phones discouraged

Salaseini Moceiwai
Thursday, February 20, 2014

THE Education Ministry has reiterated its stand against children taking cell phones to schools.

Concerns have been raised by members of the public about how some Labasa students have recently been seen with mobile phones while making their way home from school.

The ministry warned cell phones found on students during school hours would be confiscated and their parents called in.

Northern education officer Satya Nand Shandil yesterday said it was the parents' responsibility to ensure children didn't take phones to schools.

"I have not received any report in regard to this issue yet but I want to reiterate there is a policy in place that disallows students from using personal phones in schools.

"Parents must know what their children take to school."

Mr Shandil said parents could always write to the school management or the ministry if they wanted their children to have their phones in schools.

"Some parents might want their children to have their phones with them for emergency purposes but there is a procedure that needs to be followed," he said.

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