Parents of school students continue to get exploited and being helpless. Now Activity High School, in Pedder Road Mumbai did not promote Kunal Jain to standard I, despite his parents having provide Rs 3.75 lakhs to the school as donation and for getting the school roof repaired. The school management allegedly asked for an additional Rs. 3 lakh for giving the child admission to the school's primary section. This clearly violates the provisions of the Right to Education Act.
Motilal Jain, young Kunal's father has now written letters of complaint to the Human Resources Development ministry, Department of School Education and Literacy, Education Minister, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Home Minister RR Patil, the Mumbai Police Commissioner, the Anti-Corruption Bureau and BMC's education department
The school does not deny that Mr Jain bore the expenses for roof repair, but denies that the money was provided as donation.
Sunil Chauhan, Deputy Director of School Education, said, "We will investigate the matter and find out why the school denied the child admission. When he studied in the pre-primary section of Activity High School, the school is supposed to give him admission to the primary section. We will ensure that the child gets admitted to the same school."
His inspiration is Reinhold Messner. His ambition is to emulate his hero and climb all the 8000 ers. All mountains above 8000 ft, that is. His name - Arjun Vajpai.
Arjun is a schoolboy from Noida's Ryan International school and has climbed his second 8000 ft mountain as he became the youngest climber to go up Lhotse, the fourth highest peak in the world on Friday (20th May) morning. He already has Everest in the bag when he was the youngest to climb that mountain as well. However, that record did not last long as a 13 year old summited just a few hours after Arjun.
Going off to conquer Mt Lhotse after just having finished his Class XII board exams, Arjun is now set on a career of adventure. In winter, he wants to go on an expedition to the South Pole thus conquering the second of the three poles (the other two being the North Pole and Mt Everest).
Last year, getting sponsors for the expensive Everest expedition - that costs about $35,000 - proved tougher than summiting the peak. But the recognition Mt Everest brought him made the Lhotse ascent easier with his school, Ryan International, and two corporate houses - the Aditya Birla Group and ShivVani - coming forward to make the expedition possible.
A recent Yale University study of over 3,500 school students in the the American state of Connecticut has found that one in every 25 teens reported an “irresistible urge” to be on the internet, tension when they weren’t online, or said they had tried to quit or cut down on internet time.
In addition, the study found that those students with “problematic internet use” were more likely than their peers to be depressed and aggressive, and to use drugs. However, study leader Timothy Liu, and his colleagues said they couldn’t prove a “cause and effect” link between the Internet habits, depression and drug use. “It may be associated with depression, substance use, and aggressive behaviors. High school boys, though, may have heavier internet use and may be less self-aware of the related problems,” they wrote.
The study asked more than 150 questions about health,risky behaviors, and impulsiveness — including seven questions on internet use. Out of 3,560 students, 4% met the criteria for problematic internet use. Asian and Hispanic students were more likely to qualify, although the majority of students in the study were white.
A recent study conducted, concludes that playing video games has a direct impact on the food intake of adolescents and teenagers. Although experts agree, that change in type of food and lack of physical activity among children in urban areas causes increase in weight, they have been unable so far to come out with concrete solutions. Now, the new study (results of which were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) has documented a positive association between how much time a child plays video games and his or her chance of being obese.
However, correlation does not necessarily imply causality, and controlled intervention studies are necessary to test whether playing video games causes children to increase their food intake and/or decrease their energy expenditure. In the first such study of this kind, Canadian and Danish researchers tested their hypothesis that video game playing is accompanied by increased spontaneous food intake.
The researchers considered healthy, normal-weight male teens (mean age: ~17 y) studied in this crossover intervention trial consisting of two 1-h periods. In one period, subjects rested (control period); in the other, they played video games. For both periods, the youth reported to a research laboratory after an overnight fast and were provided with a standardized breakfast. During the intervention periods, blood samples were collected every 10 minutes, and energy expenditure was assessed by using indirect calorimetry. Immediately thereafter, each participant was offered full access to a spaghetti lunch. Food intake and measurements of hunger, satiety, fullness, and appetite were assessed.
The study by Jean-Phillippe Chaput et. al. found that the, blood glucose concentrations were found to have increased more when playing video games than during the control period, but there was no differential effect on insulin or ghrelin (a hormone thought to signal the sensation of hunger to the brain). Energy expenditure was higher during video game play than during the resting condition. However, subjects ate after playing the video games than they did after the control period. This resulted in a net positive energy during the entire day when video games were played compared with when subjects rested, despite the fact that the subjects reported similar appetite ratings during these periods.
While the summer vacations for many school students have already started in many states, they are yet to start in some. Summer camps have started or will start of soon in most places. Many school students enroll to spend time, learn something new or just to get amused. Part of this is really about peer pressure, a lot of which will build up again when schools reopen. A large part of this comes from the way celebrities look, and behave and they they influence the urban youngster. Many youngsters will choose to stay away from fun and food this season and succumb to the pressure to look trendy, "hot" and be a size zero like Kareena Kapoor!
Many high school students today talk like the celebrities, dress like them and crave to have bodies like them as well. However, when you notice youngsters starving themselves to remain at or get to a size zero, its time to take notice. A recent ASSOCHAM survey (conducted across 10 major cities) throws up some disturbing findings. Even in a non-metro city like Lucknow, 25% youngsters diet daily and could possibly be suffering from eating disorders. The survey mentions that majority of youngsters in Lucknow are highly influenced by actors, supermodels, celebrities and worry that they do not have a body as perfect as the person they adore. This in turn leads to excessive dieting, eating disorders (to get to a size zero) and excessive exercising.
Fitness professionals in the city mention that they come across many girls in the city with lanky hair, bad skin and complaining of loss of sleep and concentration. Many of the girls habitually regurgitate if they happen to eat anything remotely calorific.
While this trend started with girls slightly older and with women, it has seeped into school girls as well. Many of the supermodels on the ramp and shunning this trend (all over the world) and coming back to their curvy selves, and similarly some fashion industries (including the Italian) are banning size-zero models on their catwalks. However, sadly, the realization of the ill effects of being super thin is yet to sink in, in India.
image courtesy: Daily Mail
Very recently, as you must be aware, the AIEEE exam papers leaked out in Kanpur and Lucknow. All students in that area already had to take on a separate set of question papers, or will be sitting for the examination on a later date. Now, a special task force set up to trace the leak might have followed the leak to Bihar and Gujarat. It is said that the prime accused (based in Ghaziabad) may have links into Sasaram in Bihar, and Ahmedabad in Gujarat, among half a dozen other smaller towns in Uttar Pradesh.