In continuation from our last post on the subject - Sexualization of children is starting to become an area of concern in many developed countries. At present, it is a topic of conversation in the house of commons in England as well. Study author Reg Bailey blamed 'complicit' parents for an 'unthinking drift towards ever greater commercialization and sexualization'' of children, describing it as ''poor parenting''.
Bailey was ''alarmed'' seeing the number of adults who bought violent video games and played them with their children. The Daily Mail quoted him saying - "One father said it was okay he played Grand Theft Auto with his 13-year-old son because it helped them bond together,". He also told the Daily Telepgraph that there 'must be easier ways of bonding' with a child than playing a game that allowed 'gangsters to run over prostitutes'.
"I am concerned any parent would ignore these age restrictions. They are there for a reason," he added.
The study has led to a pledge from High St stores to stop selling 'sexy' underwear to children and a promise from watchdog 'Ofcom' to tighten up the use of sexual images before the broadcast watershed.
It is final now. All un-aided schools in Bangalore will now have to shell out property tax as they will be included in the list of commercial properties. The taxation will be as per commercial rates. So far, educational institutions used to be included under the charity umbrella and were paying only 25% of the total property tax. But from now on, they might have to shell out Rs 3-5 per sqft. It is expected that this taxation will get reflected in the student fees from the next academic session.
The rapidly growing education sector in our country has received stimulus from the active interests of the government as well as by the efforts of leading education players like Everonn and Educomp. With only days having passed since the historic movement by Anna Hazare, the focus on corruption in all aspects of Indian life remains strong. While you may be given to think that education sector is free from these webs, think again!
Everonn, a leading player in the education market, has come under the scanner as a result of its CEO being arrested on charges of purported bribery of about 50 lakhs. This incident closely follows the tax raid in the Educomp offices sometime back. Such issues automatically lead to a lot of uncomfortable questions being raised as how something as vital as education too remains under the shadow of such interests. It seems, no part of life, no matter how integral,is ridden from the greed from money and the resultant practices.
The industry pundits are divided in their opinion about the consequent effects in our educational sector. One group vehemently believes that revelations of corrupt practices make potential customers wary of trusting such companies with sincerity in a field, as vital as education. However, others are firm in their opinion that the arrest only highlights the lack of ethics of individuals but has not implications on the company.
However, for a layperson like you and I, there can only arise deep questions as to how such things can keep happening with those whom we consider as propagators of education! No doubt corruption has crept into the very roots that our society is modeled on!!
Mr P Kishore, CEO of Everonn, an education providing company, was arrested by CBI on charges of bribing an income-tax official with Rs 50 lakh.
A CBI statement said that during a search operation of Everonn early this month Income Tax official Andasu Ravindar found Kishore concealing a taxable income of Rs 116 crore. Kishore is alleged to have requested the Income Tax official to "suppress" Rs 60 crore of the concealed amount. It was toward this that a bribe of Rs 50 lakh was sought and paid. However, it was at the removal of the money to an "unknown place" that the CBI, acting on a tip-off, came into the picture, followed through and made the arrest.
Everonn's (a public company) stocks hit a 52-week low over the last two days after Mr Kishore (founder of Everonn) was arrested. This arrest has also led Mr J J Irani, to step down as the chairman of the board of directors of the company.
The question is will Everonn be able to inspire potential customers / students to be in one of their schools when basic integrity is a problem with its core? How would a parent be assured that they will not be fleeced, cheated or that their children will not learn just the wrong things?
KOOLSKOOL has launched its own set of worksheets for students. The first set is designed for pre-primary students in Nursery, LKG and UKG classes.
These worksheets cover a wide area from helping children learn the basic motor skills, to shapes, fine tune colouring, to basics of the alphabet, numbering and even the basic writing skills.
Designed by instructional designers, KOOLSKOOL worksheets are designed with young ones' ease of use in mind and categorized by subject and the specific target age. Each of the set of activity worksheets is a compilation of 15 or 26 work sheets that works through a specific concept in various formats. This makes cognition, learning of concepts fun. Worksheets are organized in increasing levels of complexity, so that the young learner moves from one stage to the next with ease and finally masters the concept.
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