Teachers express concerns at how students' mobile phones are disrupting classes.

Mobile phone ownership among teenagers is growing, and students at Newtown School in Waterford are no exception. The ringing of mobile telephones owned by teenagers around the country have been interrupting school lessons. Some teachers are now calling for phones to be banned from the classroom.

Mobile phones have no place in in an educational setting says teacher Joe Falvey, who describes them as

The ultimate intrusion.

There is a need for teachers’ organisations to amend their rules on the use of mobile phones by students and to state that a phone should not be used in the classroom.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 March 1998. The reporter is Damien Tiernan.