In a welcome move CBSE is planning to start rating all its schools so that parents are not duped by brochures. The rating will be not only for quality of the school, infrastructure, its teachers but all about the transparency of the management and the admissions. Scant details are as yet available but around 40 out of the 10,000 schools under CBSE board, will be rated in the pilot.
KOOLSKOOL welcomes this steps by CBSE and hopes that the rating system itself is transparent and hence free from the corruption that quickly enters the system. Parents want their children to focus on different areas and this rating mechanism will be spread across extra-curricular areas as well.
All schools will have to proceed towards accreditation gradually. Under the accreditation plan, experts rating the school will, in addition to checking academic results, infrastructure and teacher qualifications, also solicit feedback from parents, residents of neighbourhood areas and other stakeholders
A survey executed by the Conducted by the Social Development Foundation of Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) found that about 63% of parents who have young children would prefer a regulatory authority to curb sex and violence in TV programmes, particularly those telecast in the prime time slot.
The survey was conducted to cover over 2,000 children of different age groups and 3,000 parents in Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Cochin, Chennai, Hyderabad, Indore, Patna, Pune, Chandigarh and Dehradun.
The survey found that children between the ages of 6 and 17 spend an average of incredible five hours watching television. Economically speaking, the survey found that 52% of the children had TV sets in their own rooms, and about 56% of homes had more three or more TV sets.
Parents believe that about 10% of the violence among children and adolescents was because of the “glorification” of violence in TV programmes. This survey completely corroborates our earlier post on Shin-Chan changing behavior among children.
About 90% of the parents mentioned that they are “very worried” that TV programmes are getting worse every year, with foul language and and adult themes especially on those telecast during prime time (7 p.m. to 10 p.m) slot. 86% want the government to take stern measures in this regard.
About 71% parents are worried about the effect of vulgarity and 58% about violence depicted in reality shows and about 54% adolescents prefer watching “something different” on TV in the absence of their parents.
The survey also discovered that children under eight years of age are unable to discern between reality and fantasy shown in Television programmes. About 56% children in the age group of four to six years prefer to spend time watching TV rather than interact socially with their friends. 76% parents believe that the reduction in amount of respect for elders among four to eight year old children was because of what they latter watched on television.
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