The measure will affect about 800 thousand non-university students from 1700 schools in the Community of Madrid, following the example of the regional governments of Galicia and Castile-La Mancha.
As of next school year, the use of mobile phones is forbidden in the classrooms of 1700 public schools in Madrid. About 800 thousand non-university students will be affected, writes El Mundo. The measure will be mandatory during "school time", except when mobile phones are used for educational purposes or in instances of students who need the device "for health or disability reasons".
"This is a measure aimed at improving students' academic achievement, especially those who have major problems with studying, and is also focused on fighting cyberbullying and bullying," said a spokesman for the Ministry of Education, quoted by the newspaper. If students do not comply with the measure stipulated by the regional government of Madrid, it is up to the teacher or the board to decide which corrective action to take, which may include the temporary confiscation of the mobile phone.
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