Mobile phones, junk food banned in schools


The order directs that teachers should not use social media during work hours. Meanwhile, sale of junk food is banned inside a 50 metre area around school campuses, canteens, hostels or mess.

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government issued an order completely banning the use of mobile phones inside schools in the state. The order directs that teachers should not use social media during work hours. A circular in this regard was issued by the Director of Public Instruction (DPI).

Earlier, the General Education Department had issued a circular restricting students from using mobile phones. As this rule was not implemented strictly, the new circular was issued banning use of mobile phones by teachers also, said the DPI.

Meanwhile, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued an order banning the sale of junk food in school canteens and premises. The ban will come into force from December 1. The order was issued as per the Food Safety and Standard Regulations 2019 which intends to control unhealthy eating habits among school students.

Sale of junk food is banned inside a 50 metre area around school campuses, canteens, hostels or mess. Such food items should not be sold or advertised at sports events and other events. Giving samples of junk food also is strictly banned. Any advertisements, banners or logos of such items should not be circulated in canteens or school computers.

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