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Senador Gatchalian Pushes for Gadget Ban During Class Hours

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Senator Win Gatchalian has filed a bill that seeks to prohibit the use of mobile devices and electronic gadgets in schools during class hours. The proposed legislation, known as the Electronic Gadget-Free Schools Act (Senate Bill No. 2706), aims to create a more conducive learning environment for students by minimizing distractions.

The bill mandates the Department of Education (DepEd) to develop guidelines that strictly prohibit the use of mobile phones, tablets, and other electronic gadgets in classrooms during class time. The proposed law also encourages schools to implement alternative learning strategies that utilize technology in a more controlled and purposeful manner, such as for research and educational purposes.

Senator Gatchalian’s proposal comes amidst growing concerns about the negative impact of gadget use on student learning. Studies have shown that excessive use of mobile devices during class can lead to decreased attention span, lower academic performance, and increased behavioral problems.

“We need to create an environment where students can focus on learning without the constant distractions of their gadgets,” Senator Gatchalian said in a statement. “This bill is not about banning technology altogether, but about ensuring that it is used responsibly and effectively in our schools.”

The proposed legislation has garnered support from various sectors, including parents and teachers’ groups. Many parents have expressed concern about the increasing reliance of children on gadgets, while teachers have reported challenges in managing classroom distractions caused by mobile device use.

However, some educators have expressed reservations about a complete ban on gadgets in schools, arguing that technology can be a valuable tool for learning. They advocate for a more nuanced approach that allows for the responsible and controlled use of technology in the classroom.

The bill is currently pending in the Senate and is expected to undergo further discussion and debate. The outcome of the legislation will have significant implications for the future of technology use in Philippine schools.


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