Luxembourg does not appear to be about to follow France in banning mobile phones in schools
Luxembourg does not appear to be about to follow France in banning mobile phones in schools.
Responding to a parliamentary question on the matter, education minister Claude Meisch said he would shortly propose a law regarding their use in secondary schools but did not expand on the details of the law.
He said that while in some cases young people excessively use their phones, they can serve as an educational tool. “Smartphones offer countless opportunities for use beyond just as a mobile phone,” he wrote, adding: “It could be used in an educational context.”
He explained that he has asked a working group to examine the educational opportunities in several disciplines offered by smartphones. He further added that the Restopolis application, used in schools to order and pay for meals in school cantines, were “a useful tool in the daily lives of pupils.”
Under existing law, mobile phones are switched off in class time, break time and inside the school building at primary schools. Outside of this, they can only be used when respecting fellow pupils and staff. Furthermore, it is not permitted to record sound or images inside primary schools, unless for educational reasons or with parental consent. In secondary schools, mobile phones may be confiscated if they are used in relation to a serious event impacting the order, discipline or safety of the school community. Each school, meanwhile, is allowed to “implement its own specific complementary internal rules.”
France announced last year that is to ban mobile phones in primary and secondary schools from the start of the 2018-2019 school year. The parliamentary question was posed by MPs Gilles Roth and Diane Adehm.