(CNN)A ban on cellphones in classrooms was announced in the Australian state of Victoria on Wednesday.
While some schools in Australia have already banned cell-phone use, this marks the first statewide ban in the country. It will begin from the first school term of 2020.
“Students will be required to switch off their phones and store them securely in lockers from the start of the school day until the final bell. When emergencies occur, parents or guardians can reach their child by calling the school,” the statement said.
Australian Education Minister Dan Tehan said in a statement that he supported the Victoria ban.
“When I talk to parents and teachers the overwhelming majority want action on banning mobile phones in the classroom,” Tehan said in a statement.
But there have been some concerns. The Australian Education Union Victoria said in a statement that while it supports the ban: “We can’t lose sight of the benefits that technology, including mobile phones, can bring to high quality teaching and learning.”
Some pupils with special needs will be exempt from the ban, including those who require telephones to monitor health conditions or those who have received permission from a teacher.
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