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‘At Apeejay Svran Global, teachers observe each child and guide parents accordingly’

Pallavi Arora, mother of Priansh, a kindergarten student of Apeejay Svran Global School, says there is a deep bond and mutual understanding between the teachers and students

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Pallavi Arora’s son Priansh joined Apeejay Svran Global School last year in nursery. Since his admission to the school, he has undergone an overall personality development, says his mother. Now in kindergarten, Priansh has not just learned to read and speak in English but has also become a lot less dependent on his parents for every little activity, Pallavi shares in an interview. Edited excerpts:

Has Priansh ever gone to school, or has he only been attending online classes?

Priansh is yet to experience what a school campus is. All his classes at Apeejay Svran Global have been conducted online owing to the pandemic. Earlier, he only went to a playschool near our house.

Why did you shortlist Apeejay Svran Global for your son?

While looking to enroll our child in a formal school, we wanted to opt for an institution that promotes activity-based education and not rote learning. Priansh’s cousin was already studying at Apeejay Svran Global so that is how we got to know about the school. We visited the campus before the pandemic hit, and had a fair idea about the infrastructure, curriculum and facilities offered. We found the school to be good and decided to enroll Priansh there.

Tell us about the admission process.

The admission process was very smooth, right from our interaction with the receptionist to the principal. Everything was planned well and there was no delay in completing any of the formalities. Overall, the process was completely hassle-free.

Has your son been able to engage with his teachers and classmates in online classes?

There were some difficulties initially but the way the teachers have been managing the students even on a virtual platform is outstanding. The students and teachers understand each other very well. The class teacher tries her best to keep the classes as interesting as possible—it is the classroom activities that keep the children engrossed as they sit in front of the camera. It, of course, entails a lot of work for parents as well, in terms of making all arrangements, but I think this method of learning is working out well. It also helped my son bond better with his teacher.

What improvements have you noticed in your child?

Priansh has progressed a lot. His motor skills have improved. Learning phonetics has also been beneficial in helping him learn English. He has started reading and speaking broken sentences. Thanks to the classes, he has developed a keen interest in learning. His confidence level has also improved. Now, he wants to do everything on his own instead of depending on his parents. The school has made him an independent individual.

Do the teachers encourage him to participate in extra-curricular activities as well?

My son likes to paint and do art and craft. The school encourages him to participate in several inter-school competitions. I do not want to force my son to pursue anything but encourage him to explore his interests.

As a parent of a preschooler, do the teachers keep you updated with all developments?

The teachers are very cooperative. They are always in touch with the parents and assist them as much as possible. My son’s teacher in nursery was very helpful and so is his teacher in kindergarten. They observe each and every child and guide their parents accordingly.

Disha Roy Choudhury is a Senior Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has worked as a journalist at different media organisations. She is also passionate about music and has participated in reality shows.

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