British schools removing analog clocks from classrooms because students can't read them

Some schools in England are replacing analog clocks with digital clocks because students complained they couldn't read them, causing stress during exam time.

Malcolm Trobe with the ASCL head teachers' union said students today are more accustomed to seeing digital clocks on phones and computers rather than clocks with faces and hands. He said schools may be trying to help students taking standardized tests be able to quickly tell time.

"To adults it might seem second nature to use a standard clock face," Trobe told the BBC. "Young people find it a bit easier to use a digital clock - and if they're timing themselves for questions, it might make it less likely that they'll make mistakes."

A 2017 survey in Oklahoma City found that only 1 in 10 children in the city between the ages of 6 and 12 years old owned a watch. Of that number, only 1 in 5 knew how to read analog watches, according to KFOR. 

Is time up for analog clocks in 2018?

Recommended for you