THE GIST of Editorial for UPSC Exams : 21 September 2018 (A Lesson To Learn)

A Lesson To Learn

Mains Paper: 3 | Economic Development 
Prelims level: Right To Education Act
Mains level:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human resources.


  • The school for not seeking alms from the state but motivating its alumni to donate funds.
  • It is the people’s money which runs it and its task is only to administer the resources that people generate.
  • The government, of course, decides everything for schools, including how many teachers each school needs, the infrastructure they must have and so on.
  • “The Economic Survey of the year 2017-18 released this week shows that the states and the Union government together have been investing less than 3 per cent of the country’s GDP in education.
  • The Right To Education Act was adopted after a long struggle in 2011.

The existing education policy

  • Its effectiveness depended on the proper allocation of resources towards infrastructure, midday meal, teacher education at different levels, text book preparation and other related areas.
  • The minister also spoke about his resolve to curtail the school curriculum by 50 per cent to make room for extra-curricular activities.
  • According to the National Curriculum Framework, 2005, “a curriculum is neither a document nor a sequence of experiences.
  • It is a plan of facilitating learning for the child.
  • This plan starts from where the child is, enumerates all the aspects and dimensions of learning that are
    considered necessary, gives reasons why such and such learning is considered necessary,
    and what educational aims it would serve.
  • The plan also defines stage-specific objectives, what content to teach, and how to organize it.
  • It also recommends general principles of teaching methods and evaluation and criteria for good teaching-learning material.”

What is an ideal curriculum that India needs?

  • Curriculum is, therefore, about
  • i) the general objectives of education at a particular stage or class;
  • ii) subject-wise instructional objectives and content;
  • iii) courses of studies and time allocation;
  • iv) teaching/learning experiences;
  • v) instructional aids and materials;
  • vi) evaluation of learning outcomes and feedback to pupils, teachers and parents.


  • Governments are being asked to spend on sports and other activities which are not extra curricular activities, but the right of every child.
  • When we speak of schools, images of children flash before our eyes. They have the first right on the resources of the nation.

UPSC Prelims Questions: 

Q.1)  Which of the following legislations was/were enacted to give effect to fundamental rights?
1. Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956
2. Right to Education Act, 2009
3. Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955

Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

Ans: D

UPSC Mains Questions:
Q.1) How the Right to Education policy can be improved?

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