10. Reading Skills Comprehension: Future

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(Bank P.O. 1994)

Read the Passage carefully and answers the following Questions:-

 What is the future which awaits our children? The underlying assumption of the question that Indian children have a common future is itself dubious. It can legitimately be asked whether a student who is well-fed, attending a boarding school in the salubrious climate of the hills, and learning to use computers has any future in common with a malnourished child who goes to a school with no blackboards if indeed he does go to school. The latter may have no worthwhile future at all. And it might be worthwhile to analyze the significance of this marginalization of more than 75 per cent of the children of this country.

 The failure to provide an infrastructure for primary education in the villages of India more than 40 years after Independence is in sharp contrast with the sophisticated institutions, for technical institutes of higher education are funded by the government, which essentially means that the money to support them comes from taxes. And since indirect taxation forms a substantial part of the taxes collected by the government, the financial burden is borne by all the people. L.K. Johan put it graphically when he observed that 25 paisa of every rupee spent on educating an IIT student comes from the pockets of men and women whose children may never enter a proper classroom.

1. The author is trying to highlight which of the following?

(a) The greatness of L.K. Johan

(b) Need to have common future for Indian children

(c) Need of sophisticated education for rural poor

(d) Faulty system of direct taxes

(e) None of these

2. What seems to be the likely answer of the author to the question posed by him in the first sentence of the passage?

 A. There is no common future for Indian children.

B. The future is worthwhile for the majority of Indian children.

 C. The majority may never enter a proper classroom.

(a) Only A                   (b) Only B

 (c) Only C                  (d) Both A and B

 (e) Both B and C

3. Which of the following pairs has been termed as ‘sharp contrast’ by the author?

I. Infrastructure for technical education

 II. Lack of infrastructure for rural primary schools

III. 25 paise of every rupee earned by Government is spent on education.

 IV. The financial burden of higher technical education is borne by all people.

 V. 75% of children have limited opportunities.

 (a) II & IV                 (b) II & III

(c) III & IV                 (d) I & II

(e) IV & V

4. According to the author, who among the following does not have a hopeful and a prosperous future?

A. All students from technical institutes

B. All students financially supported by the Government

(a) Only A                               (b) Only B

(c) Both A and B                   (d) Neither A nor B

(e) Not mentioned in the passage

5. Which of the following statements is not true?

 A. The author welcomes Goat’s initiative on primary education

. B. 75% of the children have a bright future.

 C. 25% cost of educating a technocrat comes from poor people.

(a) Only A                   (b) Only B

(c) Only C                   (d) Only A & B

(e) Only A & C


1. (b)

 2. (a)

3. (a)

4. (a)

5. (b)

6. (b)

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