NEWS

Student phone ban considered

Accusations that mobile phones were used to film the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl in Amarynthos, on the island of Evia, have prompted officials to call for a complete phone ban for students during school hours. The Greek Ombudsman has recommended forbidding phones at all primary schools on the grounds that they are being used by students to violate personal rights. The Ombudsman also called on the Education Ministry to enforce a restriction on mobile phone usage during teaching hours at secondary schools. Sources said the ministry is considering banning mobile phones at secondary schools. Meanwhile, secondary school students called off sit-in protests yesterday which were held to oppose reforms to the sector. The students said they will resume protest action in January when the reforms bill is expected to be submitted to Parliament.