Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
3. The pandemic has upended schooling. Hence, a well-planned and a holistic effort is required on the part of the government in order to negate long term negative impact on education. Discuss. (250 words)
Difficulty level: Moderate
Reference: The Hindu
Why the question:
In the last two years, India has achieved the dubious distinction of becoming the country with the second longest COVID-19 pandemic-linked school closure in the world — next only to Uganda.
Key Demand of the question:
To bring out the impact of Covid-19 on school education in India and to find a way forward to prevent long term adverse impact.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Start by giving the context regarding the impact of covid-19 on education sector.
First, elaborate on the disruptions caused and present some statistics and figures that captures the gravity of the situation. Write about the potential negative consequences of the above.
Next, In detail, explain the steps that are needed to prevent it. Relaxing the detention policy is a welcome step but much more is needed. Prioritizing students who are unable to return, negating the negative economic consequences on the families, achieving convergence in various government schemes and special emphasis on the girl child education etc.
Conclude by writing a way forward.