Merlino is set to formally announce the policy on Wednesday, something the former Liberal National Government had promised to introduce in 2018.
The ABC reported that under the new rules, mobiles would have to be kept in lockers during school hours. The only exceptions would be if a student wanted to use a device for medical reasons or if a teacher allowed use for a specific classroom task.
I guess policy imitation is the greatest form of flattery. https://t.co/QnMuheWvK5— Matthew Guy MP (@MatthewGuyMP) June 25, 2019
Merlino was quoted as saying: "This is for all state schools, government primary and secondary schools.
Victoria is a year behind NSW where the state government introduced a ban from 2019 onwards, with the announcement made in December last year.
At the time, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes said the new measures were taken following an expert review which showed rising cases of online bullying, inappropriate sharing of explicit images between students, predatory behaviour from strangers and unnecessary distraction for students.
Well-known child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg led the survey which received about 14,000 responses and 80 submissions.