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‘Teachers at Apeejay, Noida do a great job in keeping children engaged during online classes’

Sounak Chakraborty says his daughter Inika, who is in class 1 at Apeejay School, Noida, feels very comfortable during online classes.

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Inika Chakraborty joined Apeejay School, Noida, in KG, amid the pandemic in 2020. With online classes still going on, she has not physically visited the school yet. However, her father Sounak Chakraborty, Associate Director – Projects, L&T Infotech, reveals that his daughter, who is in class 1 now, has already adapted well to the virtual classes, thanks to the teachers. Chakraborty shares his overall experience in an interview. Edited excerpts:

What made you choose Apeejay Noida for your daughter?

There were basically three considerations. First was the location—the school is close to our house in Noida. Second, some of my friends’ kids are also studying with Apeejay, although they are in higher classes. They are happy with the school, in terms of its culture, teaching methods and so on. Third, when we did some research, we found it to be in line with some of the criteria that we looked at.

What were your criteria?

My primary concerns were the school’s infrastructure and the gentry or the socio-economic background of the students. We wanted our daughter to be able to mingle well.

How well has Inika adapted to virtual classes?

Since Inika began her journey at Apeejay with online classes, she initially took some time to settle in. But once she did, we found the classes and the teachers to be really good. It is not an easy job to keep such young children engaged and Inika’s teacher ensures that. It has been a good experience. There has been no problem.

Do teachers ensure students’ participation during these classes?

Engagement with the teachers was not a problem. Usually, the teachers address students individually to ensure their participation during a class. Inika feels quite comfortable and is able to speak out. Teachers make the kids do a lot of activities, although as parents, we also have to be involved, given the virtual setup.

Are you able to stay in touch with the teachers?

We are always free to reach out to the teachers, which is good. There has been no instance where Inika’s teacher refused to help. We also have a parent-teacher meeting once a month, which helps us keep track of our daughter’s progress. Otherwise, we have the contact numbers and the go-ahead to speak to her teacher for any query.

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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