A ban on mobile phones will be introduced at 20 high schools in South Australia from the start of term one.
The move will bring the total number of schools participating in the scheme to 45 – or a quarter of the state’s high schools.
All schools will have to implement the ban before the end of term two.
Seaview High School in southern Adelaide is among those already using the ban.
The school has provided all 1300 students with a lockable lead-lined pouch which they are required to lock their phone inside during school hours.
They can only be unlocked from stations at the schools perimeter after the final bell.
Other schools that have opted out of using the lockable pouches are asking students to switch off the phone or put it in flight mode while they keep them stored away inside lockers or bags.
It comes days after NSW Opposition Leader Chris Minns teased a similar phone ban would be “up and running: in 2023.
“(Putting) a ban in place should be quite straightforward, because it actually enables teachers to make a distinction and say: ‘You’re not allowed to have your mobile phone,’” he said.
“They don’t have to decipher whether that phone is being used to research an algebra problem or to send a text message to a friend.”
Mr Minns suggested phone use was a potential factor in the NSW education metrics in NSW steadily declining according to international PISA rankings.
Schools banning mobile phones from Term 1
Aberfoyle Park High School
Craigmore High School
Eastern Fleurieu R-12 School (for their secondary cohort)
Findon High School
Gladstone High School
Jamestown Community School
Karoonda Area School (for their secondary cohort)
Kaurna Plains School (for their secondary cohort)
Le Fevre High School
Marryatville High School
Millicent High School
Naracoorte High School
Para Hills High School
Paralowie R-12 School (for their secondary cohort)
Salisbury East High School
Salisbury High School
Seaview High School
Underdale High School
Yankalilla Area School (already in place for R-11, extending to Year 12)
Christie‘s Beach High School
Schools with the ban already in place
Aldinga Payinthi College
Balaclava High School
Berri Regional Secondary College
Blackwood High School
Bordertown High School
Clare High School
Cleve Area School
Coomandook Area School
Cummins Area School
Elliston Area School
Goolwa Secondary College
Kangaroo Inn Area School
Keith Area School
Kimba Area School
Kingston Community School
Lock Area School
Loxton High School
Meningie Area School
Mount Compass Area School
Norwood International High School
Parafield Gardens High School
Penola High School
Port Lincoln High School
Renmark High School
Tintinara Area School
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