Now teachers in Haryana are prohibited from using the mobile phones in the classrooms. On Thursday, a set of guidelines was released by the government which asked the teachers to not bring their phones in classrooms unless the emergency is academic.
“If a teacher happens to head the institution, they will have to take care that neither they nor other teachers indulge in this fancy as fresh guidelines have been issued by the Haryana Education Department in this regard. It (mobile phone) shall be kept stashed away in the staff room or in an area earmarked by the head of school…If for some unavoidable reasons, mobile phone is required to be taken to the class-room for academic use by a teacher, prior permission should be taken from the head of school for reasons to be recorded in a register to be maintained for this purpose,” the guidelines say.
However, the guidelines made it clear that the mobile phones can be used only in the case of emergency only in a confined area, which is away from the classrooms so as to keep the students away from the influence of the mobiles.
“All inspecting officers, whether on regular inspection or surprise inspections, shall check whether compliance of these instructions is being made meticulously or not. In case of any violation, action against the head of school shall be proposed by the inspecting officer. If any substantive complaint is received from students or general public, that the guidelines are being violated on a campus, the head of that school shall be held squarely accountable,” the statement says.