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Modi government mulls new norms that will allow children below 14 years to work

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The government is all set to make a controversial change in the Child Labour Prohibition Act during the current session of Parliament. The new amendment will allow children below the age of 14 years to work in select family enterprises if it doesn’t curb their right to education.

The prohibition will not apply if children assist the family in fields, forests and home-based work after school hours or during vacations or while attending technical institutions, states a draft provision in the Child Labour Prohibition Act.

A proposal by the Labour Ministry declared that the new standard will also be valid in the entertainment industry and sports excluding the circus. However, children between the age of 14 and 18 will not be allowed to work in industries dealing in perilous work.

An official from the Labour Ministry told an English daily that the new norms will be in agreement with the International Labour Organization (ILO) convention. Therefore, it is likely to be passed smoothly even in the Rajya Sabha where the government is in minority.

“While the provision will especially help poor families where children help in family subsistence, we have enough safeguards to ensure that these children are not forced by families to work in any industry,” he stated.

Census data have revealed that the numbers of child labourers in India have fallen to 4.3 million from 12.6 million in the last decade. Industries dealing in matchboxes, footwear, fireworks and carpet making are the biggest employers of children below the allowed age.

The current child labour law prohibits the employment of children below 18 years in hazardous industries. However, it was in 2012, during the UPA government, when the ban was extended to all industries.

The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Bill, 2012, introduced in the Rajya Sabha, suggested a complete ban on child labour until they finish elementary education, guaranteed under the Right to Education Act.

“The effort is to push two more legislation in the current session, including the Small Factories Act and amendment to the Employees Provident Fund & Miscellaneous Provision Act,” said the ministry official.

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Advantages of Enrolling Your Kids in Singapore

Singapore is a rich country and you can expect nothing less when it comes to education

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Enrolling your kids to study in Singapore is definitely a great choice. This is perfect for parents who work a lot in Singapore so you get to settle down with the entire family rather than going back and forth for few days of vacation only. Wikimedia Commons

Singapore is known to be one of the leading countries in the world in terms of global commerce, finance, tourism and education. It is the world’s capital for global affairs. Thus, it is not surprising that many expats are living in the country. Growing numbers of families from different parts of the world decide to settle down and build a life in this small but very rich country.

In this article, we will discuss some advantages of enrolling your kid to an International School in Singapore maybe under IB DP or International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. This is perfect for expats who are running a business in the country or to those who are looking to settle down and start a family.

  • Highest quality of education in the world

The government of Singapore takes education very seriously. As a country taking great pride with strong economy, they wish to see future leaders that will continue the efforts of today’s leaders and with that, they ensure that schools in the country starting from preparatory to university offers the highest possible quality of education any parent would want for their children. 

  • Cost effective

Highest quality education does not necessarily mean highest tuition fee too, at least not in Singapore. Your children will surely get a world-class education and the best part is that the price you pay is not ridiculously high compared to those in Europe and USA Still, Singaporean credentials are highly acknowledged and demanded in the world.

  • Safe campuses

Living in a foreign country can be scary in the beginning most especially sending out your kids to school for the first time. As parents, you wish to ensure safety of your kids when they are not at home. Choosing to enroll your kids in an International School will give you assurance that your kids are in safe hands. The campuses are safe for the kids with security personnel in different areas of the school as well as security cameras. They guarantee you of your kid’s safety and wellness while inside the campus.

  • Modern technology and advanced facilities

Singapore is a rich country and you can expect nothing less when it comes to education. Schools and universities are equipped with modern technology and advanced educational facilities to provide highest quality of education for the students. Every technology, facility and design has been carefully formulated to give the students the best academic and extracurricular activities they need to eventually become the best versions of themselves.

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Singapore is known to be one of the leading countries in the world in terms of global commerce, finance, tourism and education. Pixabay
  • Happy and friendly community

School is the second home of children. They develop not only their wisdom but also their personalities and behaviours. Researches have shown that school has a great impact in the development of growing children. They deserve to have not only the best education but also great sets of friends and classmates and supportive and caring teachers and faculty. Also, enrolling your kids to international school in Singapore widens their perspective as they are being exposed to children and teachers from different parts of the world. It is indeed a great experience for them.

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Enrolling your kids to study in Singapore is definitely a great choice. This is perfect for parents who work a lot in Singapore so you get to settle down with the entire family rather than going back and forth for few days of vacation only.