For the first time ever, Honesty Shops were launched in schools located in the Ernakulam district. If you’re wondering what an Honesty Shop is, it is a store that does not have a staff, shopkeeper, or even a cashier. This initiative was launched by the Student police cadet, a youth-development program, with the aim to teach students a lesson about honesty, trust, and integrity.
Honesty Shops will be available for students up to class 12. They can choose to buy whatever they want. A price chart of all the items will be displayed. The students can purchase the item they wish to buy and drop the money in a collection box, which will be kept on a table.
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Close to15 schools in Kerala’s Ernakulam district have introduced Honesty Shops. So far, no student has ignored the rules and only shown honesty. Teachers confirm it by keeping track of the money collected and items purchased.
The Community Police Officer, Cynthia Paulose shared, “I was initially curious as to how the students, especially the younger ones, were approaching this. I noticed they were calculating the amount for the items they were taking. We got really good responses from students.”
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