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In Apeejay School International, students are not under pressure to chase scores: Vasundhara Sharma

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Ms. Vasundhara Sharma with her husband Mr. Lalit Sharma and daughter Lavanya

Vasundhara Sharma (44) is a homemaker while her husband Lalit Sharma is General Manager Sales and Marketing, Coca-Cola, Delhi. They are proud parents of Lavanya Sharma, a class 12 student of Apeejay School International (ASI), South Delhi. In an informal chat, she tells us how the teachers have gone out of their way to ensure that Lavanya does not miss out on her studies.

What did you choose ASI?              
Due to my husband’s job profile, Lavanya has studied in Tanzania from Nursery to class 11. Last year, we shifted to India since Lavanya had some health issues. In Tanzania, she did her schooling from the IGCSE, also known as Cambridge board. The students there are not under extreme academic pressure. In India, the pressure to do well in exams is overwhelming. We were initially worried as to how Lavanya would adapt to such an environment. We searched online to find the best school for our daughter. We got in touch with many schools including ASI. We had a good first impression when we spoke to ASI counsellors and the principal before the admission. In fact, ASI was the only school that talked to us at length and resolved all our queries. Finally, we got her admitted to class 11 as India, unlike Tanzania, follows 10+2 class structure. Tanzania follows 11+2 class structure.

Please tell us about the areas in which your child has made rapid progress after joining the school?
Thanks to the positive attitude of school and the right approach of teachers, Lavanya has become more responsible. Another area where she has made remarkable progress is time-management skills. She completes all her work on time. She is enjoying school.  

What are your views on the teachers in the school?
Due to Covid, I didn’t get the opportunity to physically interact with teachers. Though, I must say, they give regular updates to parents on the progress of their child. They are easily approachable and parents share a comfort level with them. The icing on the cake is that they are available 24×7 to address our concerns. I would also like to mention that the way Apeejay is conducting online classes is truly commendable. Students feel engaged in the classroom. They are never under pressure to chase scores. It’s of utmost importance that my child enjoys the learning process, like she is doing in ASI. She is always excited for the classes.

What did you like most about the school?
My daughter has some health issues, so whenever Lavanya misses a class owing to sickness, teachers show full cooperation and understanding. They get in touch with Lavanya after school hours and impart lessons so that she doesn’t miss out on anything. They are making adjustments keeping in mind the health of Lavanya. I can’t thank them enough.  Also, we might shift to Kenya in July or August and I would request the school to allow Lavanya to continue with her online classes and we can come back to India if schools reopen for physical learning. We don’t want to change the school.

“Lavanya has studied in Tanzania since nursery. We were sceptical about her adjusting to the new environment. But, it’s truly satisfying when you receive compliments from teachers on your child’s all-round development. Based on my experience, I will give 100 per cent marks to the school.”

Vasundhara Sharma

Dheeraj Sharma is Asst. Editor (Newsroom). He covers events, webinars, conducts interviews and brings you exciting news snippets. He has over 10 years' of experience in prominent media organizations. He takes pleasure in the small things in life and believes a healthy work-life balance is key to happiness. You can reach him at [email protected]

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