Mobile phones will be banned in schools to improve student performance, New Zealand's new Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says. Education Minister Erica Stanford said current indicators revealed more than half of 15-year-olds in New Zealand did not meet basic literacy and numeracy standards.
"This is a step forward in an important cultural change," says Liberal Party leader Johan Pehrson. The government wants this to be the norm in all Swedish schools.
Spain is trying to limit the use of mobile phones in schools, introducing complete bans or strict regulation of the devices, which many teachers and parents say are unnecessary. It aims to support the wider work the government is doing to raise standards in schools by increasing students’ focus and reducing distractions.