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‘Interactive learning practices at Apeejay helped my child feel very comfortable in class’

Parents Dr Ajeet Singh and Dr Ritu Chaudhary, who have enrolled their son and daughter at Apeejay School, Pitampura, share how the bond between teachers and students promotes learning

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Dr Ajeet Singh, Regional Officer, AICTE, Ministry of Education, Mumbai, and Dr Ritu Chaudhary, homemaker, say their son Siddharth, a kindergarten student, is learning a lot through Apeejay School, Pitampura’s innovative teaching methods. Their elder daughter Yashaswini also joined the same school this year in class 5. In an interview, the parents elaborate on how the school is boosting their children’s overall development. Edited excerpts:

Why did you want your children to study at Apeejay School, Pitampura?

Ajeet: First, it was the reputation of Apeejay that caught our attention. Second, the school is very close to our home, which makes it more convenient. My younger child Siddharth joined the school last year in nursery. Impressed with his performance in school, we decided to enroll our daughter Yashaswini in class 5 this academic year. My children like the school.

Since both your children have only been doing online classes, tell us about the experience.

Ajeet: Beginning formal schooling with online classes was a little challenging for Siddharth. But I appreciate the efforts made by the teachers at Apeejay School, Pitampura. They are very particular and have taught my son using various innovative methods, involving lots of activities. He is learning a lot and is now well-versed in virtual classrooms.

Ritu: He is too excited to attend the classes every morning!

What are these innovative methods of teaching at Apeejay?

Ritu: What worked well was the bond my son developed with his class teacher in nursery. And they are still in touch. She would teach the class through a variety of games and videos. Her presentation and storytelling skills are very impressive and effective in helping children learn easily.

Since your daughter joined the school in class 5, did she face challenges in adapting to a whole new environment?

Ritu: Not really. Online or offline, my daughter has always been very confident in class. It has just been a few months at Apeejay School, Pitampura, but I am happy to say that she is doing quite well there. The teachers always encourage and support her.

How did the teachers help in making your daughter feel comfortable?

Ritu: My daughter, of course, missed her previous school initially. But what helped her adapt were the interactive learning practices—from weekly presentations to group projects—which made her feel involved and an integral part of the school. Students are always made to feel comfortable. In the case of any doubt, they never hesitate to ask questions to the teacher.

Tell us about Yashaswini’s school syllabus. Is there too much pressure on students?

Ritu: The syllabus is well-defined. The teachers make it a point to revise every chapter before they are made to take a test. Personally, I don’t believe students feel overburdened in any way. They are so well prepared that if a child is attentive in class, he or she would not need any external, special preparation or tuition for the lessons.

Apeejay Schools focus on a child’s holistic development. What progress have you seen in your children?

Ritu: My son is being groomed overall and I could not have asked for a better platform than Apeejay. From dance to music and public speaking, my son is always enthusiastic about participating in these activities. Similarly, my daughter also participates in music events, poetry competitions, debates, and more. Their contributions are always appreciated by the school. 

Disha Roy Choudhury is a Principal 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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