Education consultation surveys from a year ago suggested that approximately 97 percent of respondents supported some form of restriction on phones in class, according to the government sources.
The Canadian Press has learned that Ontario is set to announce this week that cellphones will be banned in classrooms, starting in the next school year.
"Obviously for emergency purposes, for medical purposes and for specific courses that require technological platforms - they'd be permissible", Progressive Conservative MPP Stephen Lecce told CTV News Toronto.
The Toronto District School Board used to have a cellphone ban, but reversed it after four years to let teachers dictate what works best for their classrooms, the article said. How the ban will be enforced will remain under the jurisdiction of individual educational boards and schools. "It's making sure that you create a culture where we know where the boundaries are".
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"Ontario's students need to be able to focus on their learning - not their cellphones", Education Minister Lisa Thompson said in a statement released early Tuesday.
"By banning cellphone use that distracts from learning, we are helping students to focus on acquiring the foundational skills they need like reading, writing and math", she said.
"Minister Eggen trusts Alberta's teachers and school boards to make their own rules regarding the use of cellphones in their classrooms", he said Tuesday.
"We think that teachers have a handle on their classrooms already", Arthur said. "During this consultation we heard that 97 per cent of respondents support some form of a ban on cellphones".
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Ministry of education officials, speaking on background, said students wouldn't be expected to lock up their phones and while enforcement will be hard, it will be left up to school boards. "It's about recognizing that a school is a learning environment".
The board previously admitted that enforcing a complete ban was almost impossible, and indicated that limiting the use of technology in the classroom would consequently restrict educational opportunities.
"We use technology quite effectively in our classrooms as much as we possibly can".
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