Phones banned for Haridwar teachers in classrooms as complaints pour in

HARIDWAR: Mobile phones will be banned from teachers in schools and intermediate colleges in Haridwar district during working hours. Vinay Shankar Pandey, district magistrate, has issued the order with immediate effect.

This decision was made after complaints from parents and students that teachers’ use of their mobile phones in class impedes their teaching.

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“The administrative staff surprised them by finding the complaints true.” According to an order dated March 22, teachers were found using social media to exchange messages and play games on their phones. All teachers at government and semi-government schools and intermediate colleges were directed to turn their phones over to the school/college headmaster during work hours. The order was also added that the head of the institution will grant permission to the teachers to use their phones in an emergency such as a relative’s illness or other medical need.

Rajendra Baliyan is a former teacher and activist in academic affairs. He said that such a step would have never been taken to instill discipline in teachers at educational institutions.

On condition of anonymity, a principal stated that such an order was not necessary. Teachers don’t use their mobile phones in class or in any way that could harm students’ interests.

However, PB Municipal Inter College principal OP Goniyal told
TOI that the order will solve his problem as principal. “Teachers don’t listen when I object the use of mobile phone on college campus during duty hours.” Fear will be instilled among them by the DM’s orders.

The order also stated that regular inspections will take place in schools. Teachers who are found using a mobile phone to call, play social media, or browse the internet will face prosecution.

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