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Should students be allowed to bring mobile phones to school ?
 
Almost every one has a mobile phone today. It is the best and easiest way to communicate. With a mobile phone we can always be contacted especially in emergencies. This makes us feel safer and more secure which is why most people possess mobile phones. Students enjoy the convenience and freedom it gives them. It keeps them in touch with their family and friends.

Despite its convenience however, it should not be allowed in schools. There are many reasons for this. Firstly, mobile phones are expensive. If a student brings an expensive phone to school it may be stolen. There have been instances where students have lost their expensive mobile phones. Losing a mobile phone is like losing one's wallet. It contains all one's contact numbers and losing it means losing all of this.

Secondly, a mobile phone can become a distraction. Students will find it difficult to concentrate during lessons. For example, if the phone is not on silent mode, it can ring during a lesson, disrupt the lesson, and break the students' concentration. Another distraction is the stored music on the phone that one can listen to. Thus, instead of concentrating on the day's lesson, students can plug in to their favourite music during lessons without the teacher's knowledge. Ultimately, student performance in school will be affected.

Another reason why the mobile phone should not be allowed in school has to do with the text messaging mode. It allows students to communicate with others discreetly. A student who sends and receives text messages during lessons cannot concentrate on the lessons. That student's performance in school will certainly be affected. Furthermore, during a test, a student could resort to using his mobile phone to communicate with a friend in order to get answers to questions. Thus, mobile phones could encourage dishonesty. Cheating on the test would be much easier. This would be unfair to those who have worked hard for the test and do not cheat.

It has been said that possessing a mobile phone is necessary for students these days because it keeps them in touch with their parents. Parents worry less, knowing their children can contact them in emergencies. However, if every student brought a mobile phone to school, it would be difficult for teachers to ensure effective teaching and learning. Students would engage in all kinds of surreptitious activities and teachers would be at their wits' end trying to monitor this effectively. To prevent these problems students should not be allowed to bring mobile phones to school.
     
discreetly   without anyone noticing
     
surreptitious   secret
     
at their wits' end   frustrated
     
 
 

 

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