IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 521 - Some schools agree that fast food restaurants and supermarkets can promote their products

IELTS Writing Task 2/ IELTS Essay:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Some schools agree that fast food restaurants and supermarkets can promote their products in school and that schools benefit from it.

Is it a positive or a negative development?

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

You should write at least 250 words.

Sample Answer 1:
Some schools are of the opinion that they can profit from fast food outlets and supermarkets just offering their products in schools. In my opinion this statement has both positive and negative consequences and I tend to believe that it can affect both negatively and positively for several reasons.

When fast food courts and markets offer  their food in schools, schools can benefit from them gaining some amount of money investing in school development and creating facilities for schools such as building gym, new rooms for learning, buying computers, gadgets, refreshing library, gaining new books and hiring qualified teachers for pupils. Indeed teachers  naturally will teach them with contemporary and advanced methods in that case. This investment presumably will promote children’s progress during studying in school and apparently they will have much more competitive advantage  than other pupils.  Furthermore, supermarkets providing their foods in schools can advertise their goods, attract new customers and create new work-places for people.

Nowadays majority of fast food courts and supermarkets offer unhealthy packed and junk food which is ever-increasing problem and extremely harmful for people. Fast food outlets and supermarkets distributing those kind of products to schools will presumably affect pupil’s health generating diseases which will influence on their health in the future. Hence, government should define the list of goods which must be distributed to schools and do not contain harmful organisms in foods.

In conclusion, health of children is the most important aspect and far-reaching problem, therefore the decision which one is important, health of children or investment for children, must be comprehensively discussed.

( Written by - Arsen Jomardyan) 

Sample Answer 2:
With the evident tremendous growth of fast food cafes and malls, there has also been a trend to include the schools in the promotion of their products. Some opine that the schools enjoy profit from them while others argue that the schools should be kept free from them. I, however, believe that there are probably equal pros and cons.

On the one hand, the economic standards of the schools will be uplifted by their collaboration with restaurants and supermarkets. This is because these companies, in exchange of their promotional activities, offer commissions to the school administration which can be utilized in improving the infrastructures, providing scholarships to the needy ones, subsidizing the tuition fees etc. consequently, the students will be in advantage.

On the other hand, there might be serious negative consequences. Firstly, the precious time of students which is to be utilized in mastering the academic subjects will be taken up by the corporate advertisements. Secondly, the school administration can rarely ensure that the products of these companies are beneficial for the kids and finally, these kind of activities might lure the young brains in buying extravagant items and put pressure on the parents to buy them. For example, once in my brother’s school, a company came to promote encyclopedia worth $800 which compelled my parents to spend that high amount although we already had one.

In a nutshell, allowing commercial promotions in the schools can benefit them financially as well as impose negative impacts on pupils. Thus, the school authority ought to make careful decisions on allowing them.

( Written by - sazna koirala) 


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