Topic– Issues related to development of social sector services including education
4) No detention policy is the most important reason behind poor learning outcomes in school going children. Discuss.(250 words)
Why this question
While there are several issues with RTE Act, the one factor blamed most prominently for poor learning outcomes is No detention policy, leading to the current decision of Lok Sabha. This brings the focus back on RTE Bill, and all that is hindering improvement in learning outcomes.
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to examine whether No detention policy is the most important reason behind the findings of ASER reports which highlight the alarming levels of poor learning outcomes. It expects us to debate the issue and point out the other shortcomings with the Act which exacerbate the issue.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Highlight the amendment to RTE act and the fact that NDP is being panned by critics for quite some time now.
- Highlight what is the problem with NDP that led to the current amendment
- Examine the rationale why NDP was introduced, how it was linked to comprehensive and continuous evaluation, how it aimed to reduce focus on exams as a yardstick of measuring learning outcomes
- Discuss the other issues with RTE that has led to the poor learning outcomes
Conclusion – give your view on how far eliminating NDP for classes V-VIII would resolve the problem of poor learning outcomes and what the way forward should be.