March 11, 2009 / 6:13 AM / 10 years ago

Tajikistan bans mobile phones from schools

DUSHANBE (Reuters) - The Central Asian state of Tajikistan Tuesday banned mobile phones from all schools and universities in a bid to boost education.

“This measure has been taken in order to improve the quality of teaching at schools,” deputy Dodikhudo Saimutdinov said after a vote in parliament.

Offenders, including those who carry phones without using them, will be fined.

Although Tajikistan is considered Central Asia’s poorest nation, 3.2 million out of 7 million Tajiks use mobiles.

President Imomali Rakhmon has earlier introduced uniforms at schools and universities and barred students from going to schools in their own cars.

Reporting by Roman Kozhevnikov; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov

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