Greece to Ban Cellphones in Schools



Greece’s Education Minister Kostas Gavroglou is to ban the use of cellphones in schools for reasons of “orderly operation” and protection of privacy.

According to the ministry’s announcement, pupils will not be allowed to cellphones in school, which means the ban does not only apply to the classroom but on school premises as well.

Until now, students had the right to use cellphones during their breaks. The new bill includes the ban of all electronic devices and games that have image and sound processing systems.

The ban does not extend to teachers, who still have the right to use their own cellphones and tablets, even inside the classroom, “in the context of the educational process in general and in compliance with the safety rules and the relevant provisions on the protection of private information of pupils and teachers”.

As the ministry announcement points out, taking photographs or shooting videos of other students and teachers should be prohibited, and so is the posting of the above on social media.

According to Article 5 of the bill, the processing, posting and storage of photographs will only be permitted when the pupils’ guardians give their consent. At the same time, the use and operation of security cameras in school rooms is no longer allowed.

For this reason, the hours of operation of the safety closed circuit systems should be clearly indicated on information boards “so that all students and members of the educational community are aware that they are not being monitored during their school attendance”.