Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
5. How far do you think Indian Education system can combat the existing social prejudices prevalent in the country? Illustrate with examples. (250 words)
Reference: Indian Express
Why the question:
The article explains how education can combat prejudice in our Indian society.
Key Demand of the question:
Discuss to what extent Indian Education system can combat the existing social prejudices prevalent in the country along with suitable examples.
Illustrate – A similar instruction to ‘explain’ whereby you are asked to show the workings of something, making use of definite examples and statistics if appropriate to add weight to your explanation.
Structure of the answer:
Firstly, present the context of prevalence of social prejudices in our society.
Explain briefly the different types of racial and religious prejudices that have dominated public attention in our society.
Throw light on them with relevant examples.
Then move onto explain in what way education can play a key role; like race, religion remains an important axis of prejudice in all parts of the world. Attitudes towards religious groups other than one’s own often reflect deep prejudice internalized in childhood. The process whereby this absorption of a prejudice prevailing in society occurs is not open to analysis, partly because it happens in extremely subtle interactions between the adults and the child inside the home space.
Discuss the role that schools and educational institutions can play in overcoming these prejudices.
Conclude with importance of education.