2) While ‘Right to Education’ vastly expanded enrolment of children, not enough attention was paid to other important aspects, determining outcomes of education. Analyze.(250 words)

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Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

2) While ‘Right to Education’ vastly expanded enrolment of children, not enough attention was paid to other important aspects, determining outcomes of education. Analyze.(250 words)

Indian express

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Why this question

RTE is an important social legislation aimed at ending one of the worst deprivations in the life of a person-education. The article highlights the shortcomings of the RTE act and is therefore essential from UPSC exams point of view.

Directive word

Analyze-here we  have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts, and present them as a whole in a summary.

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to dig deep into the RTE act and analyze its shortcomings in terms of aspects neglected by it but having profound impact on the outcomes.

Structure of the answer

Introduction- write a few introductory lines about the  RTE act- date of commencement, objectives etc. e.g The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act or Right to Education Act (RTE), is an Act of the Parliament of India enacted on 4 August 2009, which describes the modalities of the importance of free and compulsory education for children between 6 and 14 in India under Article 21a of the Indian Constitution.

Body-

Discuss the achievements of RTE  in terms of increased enrollment of children and then highlight the shortcomings of the act in terms of not paying enough attention to other important factors. E.g briefly discuss the role of

  • Teacher quality
  • Infrastructure
  • Medium, method and content of instruction etc.

Also highlight other socio-economic challenges related to education- poverty and undernutrition; One out of seven children in India is undernourished; two out of five are stunted (low height-for-age); and one out of five is wasted (low weight-for-height). Discuss its effects on learning outcomes etc.

Conclusion– sum up your discussion in a few lines and form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the above issue.