Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
4. The disruption in education caused by the pandemic resulted in an alarming regression in children’s foundational skills which can have long term repercussions on the learning outcomes. Suggest steps to bridge the gap in education. (250 words)
Difficulty level: Moderate
Reference: Indian Express
Why the question:
The National Assessment Survey (NAS), details the magnitude of this learning crisis across the country. Conducted in November 2021 among students of more than one lakh schools in 720 districts, the NAS shows a sharp dip in the performance of students in almost all subjects during the pandemic years.
Key Demand of the question:
To write about the impact of the pandemic on education and steps needed to offset the impact.
Structure of the answer:
Begin by highlighting some of the facts with respect to impact of covid-19 on education in India.
Firstly, mention the progress in education system before the pandemic. Cite a statistic to substantiate your point. Bring out the impact of learning deficit caused by the pandemic in India.
Next, mention the various ways to bridge the learning deficit that has emerged – readmitting dropouts, ensuring access to e-learning, special focus on most vulnerable states etc.
Conclude by writing a way forward.