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Education is not only about tech; it is also about learning, interaction, and developing soft skills and social capital, which only brick-and-mortar schools can provide. Critically examine.

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

3. Education is not only about tech; it is also about learning, interaction, and developing soft skills and social capital, which only brick-and-mortar schools can provide. Critically examine. (250 words)

Reference: The Hindu Hindustan Times 

Why this question:

The author talks about the current situation; that is in what way Pandemic is being used to push online education.

Key demand of the question:

One has to evaluate whether online education must supplement, not replace, physical sites of learning and justify viewpoint suitably.

Directive:

Critically examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications. 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 judgement.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly explain how the pandemic situation has changed the education scenario across the world.

Body:

Student has to analyse in detail in the answer if online education is being force-fed to Indian education as a miracle cure — at all levels (school, college, university) and for all tasks (lectures, exams, admissions) — not only for pandemic conditions but for the future. Analyse if online educations is a viable alternative to traditional educational institutions in our country. Present points in favour and against.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a balanced and fair opinion.