Education Ministry decrees:
Mobile phone taboo in schools
In move to create a well disciplined student population in the
country, the Education Ministry is to issue a special circular that
prevents students from bringing mobile phones to the schools.
Educational Directors islandwide have already been directed to
maintain a high standard of discipline in schools under their command.
This directive comes in the wake of a horrifying incident which brought
death to one student in a leading school in Colombo. Two students of a
leading school in Colombo who carried mobile phones attempted to commit
suicide after they were spotted by the prefects. They had tried to
One student died and other student is still receiving treatment at
According to an Education Ministry official, this directive is
applicable to the private and semi Government schools too.
He said bringing mobile phones to the school would be deemed an
offence by the Ministry and the students who transgress these
instructions will be severely dealt with.
Certain schools in the country where incidents of indiscipline are
rampant have already directed the students not to bring mobile phones to
"The parents are spoiling children by providing mobile phones to
them. They should accept responsibility in moulding the characters of
their children outside the schools, he said.
He said the teachers have been informed not to use mobile phones
unncessarily during school time.