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MY OPINION - Integrated approach needed for safe journey of schoolkids : MA SALEEM | INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE

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Ensuring safety of schoolchildren is paramount in any civilised so ciety. During road journeys, children need more comfort, and greater care, compared to adults. More often than not, children are not capable of taking precautionary measures. Even minor incidents wherein children are harmed draws criticism from the society. Therefore, it's imperative that authorities, and the school managements put in place mechanisms to ensure their safe journey .

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Children use different modes of transport to travel to and from school depending on their social background. There are more than 6,000 schools in Bengaluru, which are attended by more than 14 lakh kids. A survey conducted by SLS Transport Training Institute and Consultancy Private Ltd shows that 37% of the schoolchildren in the city walk to their respective schools, 34% use public transport (including school vans and autos), 26% private vehicles, while 3% cycle.

Majority of those children who rely on private vehicles attend schools situated in the city's central areas. Since parents often drive their wards to school, these private vehicles account for about 20% of the peak-hour traffic in the morning. Consequently , traffic congestion and accidents involving schoolkids have increased in the vicinity of schools. Overcrowded school vans and autorickshaws only add to the problem.

posted May 24, 2017 by Krinz Kiran

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The process of the admissions to LKG and Class1 have started in Karnataka schools. The procedures are online and the Aadhar number has been made mandatory to eliminate any risk of duplication in the application process. The child must have an Aadhar card or should have a valid Aadhar enrollment number in order to apply under RTE. The government has also decided to give preference to children of farmers who have committed suicide. 

http://edupost.in/students/read/government-decided-to-give-priority-to-the-children-of-farmers-under-rte

The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Karnataka has also made Aadhar number compulsory for children applying for RTE quota seats. The registration for RTE admissions will not be completed without the Aadhar number or Aadhar enrollment number. The inclusion of Aadhar number will simplify the process of verification. 

The application process is expected to begin today for 1.3 lakh seats for LKG and class I students at private-aided schools. Currently the official website of Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for school education in Karnataka hosts the trial link for application process.

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Digital literacy, ethics for today’s teens

The worlwide net offers plethora of knowledge for

Media and Technology have become an integral part of our adolescents' lives. They provide incredible opportunities to communicate, create, gather information, entertain themselves and even build business. However, if digital media is not used judiciously, it can become a weapon that can destroy the teen's world. Hence digital literacy and ethics are extremely essential to keep them safe.

http://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/columns/teen-spirit//articleshow/51227997.cms?

The worlwide net offers plethora of knowledge for children, but it's important to educate teens on cyber ethics, writes Dr Anuradha HS


What's digital literacy

Digital literacy is about having the skills to access, understand, question, critically analyze and evaluate online content. (Source: http://raisingchildren.net.au/). Digital ethics means not using technology to cheat.


Why is it important

Becoming digitally literate helps the teen to use the internet properly, developing a critical eye for accurate information and respect for other people's creative work. Most schools use technology effectively to educate students, administer tests, quizzes and give homework assignments. Educators can foster digital literacy skills among students in many ways. By using these skills, students can develop higher level of creative and critical thinking. The teachers become facilitators rather than sole experts. This also aids professional development of teachers. The teens become resilient and self-reliant, learn decision making and engage positively with technology. here is what a parent should teach their teens:


»Spot unreliable websites. Check the domain. Reliable ones are those that end as edu representing an educational institution, .gov represents a governmental organization. Those ending with .com are commercial sites, .org or .ngo represents non-governmental organization and needs to be verified.
»Evaluate author and content. Look if the author is listed and whether he/she is an expert
»Ensure that the content is current and accurate. See whether what has been expressed is a fact or an opinion.
»Follow the rules of digital ethics like avoiding use of pirated software, using content legally i.e. following copyright laws and also avoiding plagiarism.
»Teens need to understand the concept of digital cheating namely, texting answers, taking pictures of assignments and quizzes and copying and pasting other people's work.
A good digital citizen will keep in mind the following: (Source http://mediasmarts.ca/digital-media-literacy-fundamentals/digital-literacy-fundamentals) »Understand broader issues related to technology
»Understand rights and responsibilities
»Use technology in a positive and meaningful way
»Use technology to participate in educational, cultural and economic activities
»Promote civility and respect online
»Apply critical thinking skills while evaluating internet sources.

Teens are the digital citizens of tomorrow. Educators and parents have the responsibility of building the adolescent's character. This also holds well in the online world. Every teen need to follow the principle — treat others the way you yourself wish to be treated, whether you are offline or online.<!-- 257082 1 -->

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Bengaluru, dhns: The High Court of Karnataka on Wednesday directed the block education officer (BEO), Bengaluru South Division, to allot seats to eight children for Class I under Right to Education (RTE) Act quota to another neighbourhood school without insisting them to go through the lottery process again.

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Justice S Sujatha passed an order in a petition filed by eight children, all six-year-olds.

The petitioners were allotted seats in Venkatesh Education Society (MVJ International School) located in Marathahalli, but the school happens to be a minority institution that is exempted from allotting 25% of their seats under the RTE Act. The judge directed BEO to allot them seats in another neighbourhood school without any lottery process as they have already been allotted seats through the lottery system.

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Bengaluru, dhns: A CBSE school in the city, run by energy minister D K Shiva Kumar, has now agreed to give seats in Class I, under the Right to Education Act quota, to underprivileged children.                                                The school in Rajarajeshwari Nagar was supposed to give seats in two entry points - Class I and LKG.

Shiva Kumar, who is the chairman of the school, had refused to give admission to students who had been allotted seats in Class I through lottery process, and admitted students only to LKG. Parents, whose children had been allotted seats in the school, had protested in front of the premises earlier this month.

After holding several discussions with the management, the Block Education Officer said that now the school has agreed to give admission to 40 children in Class I.                                                                                                   The school has two units in the same locality and will now admit 28 students in one unit and 12 students in the other.

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The application process for admission to LKG and Class I to Karnataka schools under Right to Education act will likely begin today. The process will be online and this time Aadhaar number has been made mandatory to eliminate any risk of duplication in the application process. The child must have an Aadhaar card or should have a valid Aadhaar enrollment number in order to apply under RTE. The government has also decided to give preference to children of farmers who have committed suicide. 

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) decided to include the children of farmers who committed suicide in the list of disadvantaged category. This will help such children access to formal schooling. 

Aadhaar Card mandatory for application 

The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Karnataka has also made Aadhaar number compulsory for children applying for RTE quota seats. The registration for RTE admisisons will not be completed without the Aadhaar number or Aadhaar enrollment number. The inclusion of Aadhaar number will simplify the process of verification.

The application process is expected to begin today for 1.3 lakh seats for LKG and class I students at private-aided schools. The application process is expected to end on March 31. Currently the official website of Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for school education in Karnataka hosts the trial link for application process.The DPI also has decided to address the problems and grievances of parents this year and has provided a link on the official website in this regard. DPI has alos activated a link on the website for pincode based locality and school search for RTE admission 2017. 

The DPI also has decided to address the problems and grievances of parents this year and has provided a link on the official website in this regard. DPI has alos activated a link on the website for pincode based locality and school search for RTE admission 2017

 

 

 

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