IELTS Essay Topics 1 -

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Should wealthy nations be required to share their wealth among poorer nations by providing such things as food and education? Or is it the responsibility of the governments of poorer nations to look after their citizens themselves?

What should a government do for a country to become successful?

Should money be spent on space exploration?

Should rich countries forgive all debts for poor countries?

Does foreign aid help donor countries more than the recipients?

Should rich countries pay more for environmental damage?


Most high level jobs are done by men. Should the government encourage a certain percentage of these jobs to be reserved for women?

Should developing countries concentrate on improving industrial skills or should they promote education first?

Safety standards are important when building people's homes. Who should be responsible for enforcing strict building codes - the government or the people who build the homes?

Discuss the advantage and disadvantage of giving international aid to poor countries.

Should criminals be punished with lengthy jail terms or re-educated and rehabilitated using community service programs for instance, before being reintroduced to society?

In most countries disabled people are not catered for adequately, e.g. buildings are often inappropriately designed. Governments rely too heavily on charities and voluntary organizations to provide assistance and funding. What further measures could be taken to assist disabled people?

In your opinion should government intervene in the rights of the individual with regard to family planning?

The best way to reduce the number of traffic accidents is to make all young drivers complete a safe driving education course before being licensed to drive.


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