Topic : Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
4. Critically analyse the discontinuation of the unequal system of contract teachers/Para-teachers at all levels in the NEP 2020. (250 words)
Reference: Hindustan Times
Why the question:
The draft National Education Policy (NEP) of 2019 made an unequivocal statement on the discontinuation of the unequal system of contract teachers/para-teachers at all levels, from primary right up to colleges and universities. Thus the question.
Key Demand of the question:
Explain in what way NEP 2020 is silent on the contract teacher system and thus such a system erodes the quality of education, affects motivation, and goes against the spirit of the Constitution.
Critically analyze – When asked to analyse, you 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. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.
Structure of the answer:
Start by highlighting the relevant point mentioned in the NEP 2020 with respect to contract teachers.
The draft National Education Policy (NEP) of 2019 made an unequivocal statement on the discontinuation of the unequal system of contract teachers/Para-teachers at all levels, from primary right up to colleges and universities.
It recognized the need to relieve teachers of non-educational duties, facilitate vibrant professional communities and give more autonomy in the classroom. It recognized that none of the ideas discussed in the draft policy would be possible without a road map to transform the way teachers are positioned in the system.
Discuss the past practices of hiring contract teachers/para-teachers. Take hints from the article and present your points.
Conclude with what needs to be done to ensure the wrongs in the policy are rectified and made right.