Topic– Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
3) India must offer unique services, not just depend on low-cost production. Comment in context of the Teacher-student ratios in India.(250 words)
Why this question
Low income countries in general and India in particular have a low teacher-student ratio and with the growing adoption of technology the role of teachers has changed. The article discusses the issue and in detail.
Comment- here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to express our knowledge about the teacher-student ratios in India and express our opinion as to why there is/ isn’t a need to bring uniqueness in teaching services.
Structure of the answer
Introduction– write a few introductory lines about the Low teacher-student ratios and the desired levels at school, college and university levels.
Discuss what does such low ratio signify and hence teaching should not be pursued as a low cost service. E.g For students, this increasingly represses individuality — in curricula, teaching and examination methods. The lower down the education ladder, the more accentuated this is; But, as we move up the education ladder and progress towards jobs, we want some criteria to gauge the applicant’s individuality. However, since we have progressively reduced students to commodities, there is no option but to raise the bar or filter higher. Earlier, an undergraduate degree ensured differentiation. That role shifted to post-graduate degrees. In academia, that role later shifted to PhDs. Subsequently, it shifted to publications. Still later, it shifted to citations etc.
Conclusion– based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.