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In the backdrop of the recently released Pratham’s Annual Status of Education Report, Deliberate if India’s learning crisis is linked to the weakness of the country’s pre-primary education system? Present your opinion and explain the deficiencies in India’s Education system and how children have fallen short on basic learning skills.

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3.In the backdrop of the recently released Pratham’s Annual Status of Education Report, Deliberate if India’s learning crisis is linked to the weakness of the country’s pre-primary education system? Present your opinion and explain the deficiencies in India’s Education system and how children have fallen short on basic learning skills. (250 words)

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Why this question:

NGO Pratham’s Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) in the past has spoken about deficiencies in India’s Education system and how children fall short on basic learning skills. In the latest edition of ASER, it directs attention to children between four and eight years of age, and suggests that India’s learning crisis could be linked to the weakness of the country’s pre-primary system. Thus the question.

Key demand of the question:

Discuss in detail in what way if India’s learning crisis is linked to the weakness of the country’s pre-primary education system. Explain the deficiencies in India’s Education system and how children have fallen short on basic learning skills.

Directive:

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

In brief highlight the conditions of Indian education system in general.

Body:

Discuss the key statistics of the report – ASER.

According to the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2019, 21% children in grade one of government schools could read words compared to 46.7% in private schools — an advantage of 122%.

Provide for reasons for such conditions, take hints from the article.

Discuss the crucial role played by Early childhood education, its lacunae in Indian education system.

Suggest what needs to be done.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.

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