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Sign of the time? Students struggle to read analog clocks

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It was only a matter of time.

Some schools in Great Britain are removing analog clocks from classrooms because teenagers are unable to tell the time, a head of the teachers’ union told The Telegraph.

Schools are now installing digital clocks after students taking exams complained that they were struggling to read the correct time on an analog clock.

Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders, said youngsters have become accustomed to using digital devices.

“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 told the Telegraph.

Trobe said that teachers want their students to feel as relaxed as possible during exams. Having a traditional clock in the room could be a cause of unnecessary stress, he added.

So far there are no reports of U.S. schools actively replacing their old fashioned clocks, although digital clocks are already common.

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