Teachers in Handwara barred from using mobile phones during school hours

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The School Education Department (SED) in north Kashmir’s Handwara have barred the school teachers from using their cell phones during the academic hours in schools, a local newspaper reported.

The instructions were issued after the officials noticed that the teachers were using their cell phones during official hours inside classrooms, taking a toll on the academics of the students in the institution.

Zonal Education Officer (ZEO) Handwara yesterday issued a circular directing all the teachers not to use their cell phones during academic hours.

The heads of the institutions have also been put on instructions to implement the circular instructions in letter and spirit.

“It has been observed that some teachers are using mobile phones and waste precious time of our students by consuming academic time on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter which is against the protocol,” the ZEO Handwara in a circular said.

“All the officials are hereby directed to refrain from using mobile phones during academic time and strict action against the officials shall be initiated in case of violation,” the circular reads.

“All the HoIs should implement this circular in letter and spirit. No teacher should be allowed to use cell phones in the classrooms,” it reads.

Quoting Chief Education Officer (CEO), Abdul Hamid Fani the newspaper reported as saying that the instructions have been issued by the ZEO concerned in his jurisdiction. “We will assess it and issue instructions accordingly for teachers in the whole Kupwara district. The government has not issued any orders allowing teachers to use their cell phone while teaching students in a classroom,” CEO Kupwara was quoted as saying in the report.

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