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Bomb rumour in Lucknow schools triggers panic

The rumours on July 19 were also taken seriously as some time back intelligence inputs suggested a possible terror attempt on prominent schools

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Panic prevailed among people on Tuesday, June 19, after a rumour of a bomb being found in two prominent schools- City Montessori and Seth Jaipuria – spread like wildfire, and hundreds of parents rushed there to pick up their children.

While the source of the rumour could not be identified, the district administration, police officials and bomb disposal squad were also spurred into action afters ever parents contacted the District Magistrate Raj Shekhar. The school managements, however, said that there was no early closure of the schools and they clarified that they had sent no message to parents, as rumoured.

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Raj Shekhar said he was in touch with school principals and that there was no need to panic. He also directed the schools to ensure that no rumours were passed on from their end.

“We have intimated the school managements to ensure that if there is any rumour they inform the district administration and local police officials first,” he said.

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The rumours on Tuesday were also taken seriously as some time back intelligence inputs suggested a possible terror attempt on prominent schools. A security audit of all schools followed. (IANS)

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Once a Cheater, Always a Cheater

Cheater at school means cheater at workplace

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If you were a cheater at school then you are likely to be on at your workplace. Wikimedia Commons

Once a cheater, always a cheater may be a true saying as researchers now discover that students’ tolerance for cheating may spill over into their careers.

The study by professors at two California State University campuses, including San Francisco State University, tackled two questions: If students tolerate cheating in the classroom, will they also tolerate unethical behavior in their careers? And what’s shaping these attitudes?

“If [students] have this attitude while they’re in school — that it’s OK to cheat in school — that attitude unfortunately will carry over to the corporate boardroom,” said San Francisco State Professor and Chair of Marketing Foo Nin Ho.

The fear is that these lax attitudes, if left unchecked, could manifest later as turning a blind eye to unethical business behaviour or participating in a cover-up, added the study’s lead author Glen Brodowsky from California State University San Marcos.

To conduct the study, the authors surveyed nearly 250 undergraduate marketing students.

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If a student can tolerate cheating in school then he/she is most likely to be a cheater at workplace. Wikimedia Commons

They were asked to respond to statements about cheating and ethics such as “It’s cheating to ask another student what was on the test” and “Within a business firm, the ends justify the means.”

The survey found that students who were more tolerant of cheating in a classroom also demonstrated an openness to unethical behaviour on the job.

Some students face enormous pressure from their families to succeed in college, so those students may engage in cheating to avoid the shame of flunking out, the findings showed.

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Understanding the cultural forces at work could help professors develop culturally sensitive ways to minimize these unethical behaviours in their classrooms.

“As professors, we need to set the tone and say, ‘This is what’s not rewarded in the classroom’ and train students that following ethical behaviour leads to better outcomes,” Brodowsky said. “So when they graduate and work for companies they will better equipped to evaluate that situation.” (IANS)