IELTS Essay Sample Questions # News in Schools

The news is often considered an important aspect of our lives, especially international school. With the advancement in technology and the fast-paced lives we are leading, some people speculate that very soon, students will be taught news in schools. Although there are people who look this is a welcome news some people stand against it.This time we are looking at an IELTS writing essay question on this topic.

You should spend 40 minutes on this task.

Some people believe that secondary school students should study international news as part of their school curriculum.

Other people believe that it is waste of the school resources.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant example from your own knowledge or experience.

You should write at least 250 words.


Global media has made its mark over the years to an extent that some people anticipate its presence in the schools in near future. However, others consider it an evil that might impact the lives of children, owing to the negative contribution the international news makes at a larger scale. In my opinion, news can have a dangerous political impact owing to the nature of international news.

Firstly, considering the importance of education in current society, introducing news to curriculum, might add the burden for students, especially owing to the imbalance in most of the news channels. In our current society, most media houses depict what seems safe and often politically correct. In addition, most of the media houses run news that fetches the most ratings. For instance, the personal lives of sportspersons. Therefore, shifting the focus of students from traditional subjects like music, geography to watching politically partisan news channel is an extremely risky idea.

Secondly, international news as a course curriculum could have a detrimental impact on the emotional lives of the children. Since more than 85% of the news is negative, often relating to murders, rape or disasters, it can develop a sense of mistrust and often lead them to question society in large when their focus must be on developing their skills.

Overall, the international news brings along with it the risk of being inordinately negative and have a political influence and hence must be avoided as a curriculum in secondary schools.



meaning – regard as probable; expect or predict.

synonyms – assume, await, count on, forecast, foresee, prepare for, conjecture,


meaning – the subjects comprising a course of study in a school or college.

synonyms – educational, syllabus, program


meaning – a strong supporter of a party, cause, or person.

synonyms – biased, one-sided, sectarian, sympathetic


meaning – tending to cause harm

synonym – adverse, destructive, disturbing, harmful, hurtful, inimical, pernicious


meaning – to an unusually or disproportionately large degree; excessively.

synonym – enormously, excessively, extraordinarily, extremely, vastly, remarkably