Many schools are removing analog clocks from examination halls because the teenagers are unable to tell the time properly, a head teachers’ union has said.
In the era of internet, the greater part of what we do is now on a screen. Regardless of whether it's checking Twitter, viewing Netflix, or notwithstanding doing homework. Also, that has had a significantly intense impact in schools over the UK, where teachers are presently introducing digital clocks in examination halls.
Specifically, on the grounds that their students are having a rather troublesome time reading analog clocks and exactly knowing how much time they have left amid stressful tests.
Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), disclosed to The Telegraph that children underneath the age of 18 have turned out to be highly acquainted with utilizing computerized gadgets.
"The current generation isn’t as good at reading the traditional clock face as older generations," he stated. "They are used to seeing a digital representation of time on their phone, on their computer. Nearly everything they’ve got is digital so youngsters are just exposed to time being given digitally everywhere."
Trobe, a former principal, said that instructors want their children to be as comfortable as conceivable in an exam setting and a conventional clock could add unnecessary pressure. Therefore, schools are endeavoring to make everything as 'easy and straightforward as possible,' he expressed.
"You don’t want them to put their hand up to ask how much time is left," Trobe stated. "Schools will inevitably be doing their best to make young children feel as relaxed as the can be. There is actually a big advantage in using digital clocks in exam rooms because it is much less easy to mistake a time on a digital clock when you are working against time."
Stephanie Keenan, head of English at Ruislip High School in north-west London, disclosed to The Telegraph that her school was one of numerous to switch their clocks. Cheryl Quine, head of the department at Cockermouth School and chairperson of the West Cumbria Network, said they did likewise.
Moreover, in spite of the fact that reading a clock face is included in the curriculum, Trobe said that numerous students still don't completely comprehend them until the time they reach secondary school. "It may be a little sad if youngsters coming through aren’t able to tell the time on clock faces," he said.
"One hopes that we will be teaching youngsters to read clocks, however, we can see the benefit of digital clocks in exam rooms," he added. But this isn't the sole alarming trend among kids that's been discussed in recent times.
In 2018, Sally Payne, the head pediatric occupational specialist at the Heart of England Foundation NHS Trust, likewise cautioned that kids are finding it increasingly hard to hold pens and pencils as well because of technology.