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‘Whether in online or offline classes, teachers at Apeejay pay attention to every child’

IT expert and parent of Apeejay Noida class 2 student Avjot Singh Oberoi, lauds the teachers for making online learning a seamless experience

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Jaspreet Singh Oberoi with his wife Sumeet Kaur and son Avjot Singh

When Jaspreet Singh Oberoi, the co-founder at ReferHire, a p2p recruitment firm in Delhi, and his wife Sumeet Kaur, Head Sales at ProInd, a legal and compliance management firm in Noida, are at work, they are confident their son, Avjot Singh, a student of class 2 at Apeejay School, Noida, will take care of his daily schedule and not miss out on any class. In an interview, Jaspreet points out the crucial role the teachers have been playing to ensure that even if the schools are closed, the learning continues. 

Q. Why did you choose Apeejay School Noida for your son, Avjot?

Apeejay School, Noida has been one of the oldest and well-known schools in this region. We knew a lot of parents of kids already studying in Apeejay and we got very positive feedback from most of them. I checked with a few teachers as well and they all recommended Apeejay for Avjot. In addition, we visited the school which has well-built infrastructure for extra-curricular and sports activities. Also, the school is close to our residence.

Q.  Tell us about the progress made by your child over the years?

I have seen that Avjot has now become more confident in interacting with others. I would like to thank the teachers who have played a very important role in this journey. They have shown patience and try to encourage each child in the class to take part in events and activities without worrying about the results. In these difficult times, the teachers have been really supportive despite facing such headwinds due to the sudden outbreak of the pandemic. 

Q. Do you think teachers are engaging the students well during online classes?

After the initial hiccups, the online learning has become seamless. The teachers have been putting in their best efforts during these online classes and teaching the students like they used to pre-Covid. They focus on each child and patiently answer each student’s query. They also check each student’s work according to their roll number and therefore, students pay attention in the class. After each class, the teachers ask questions to ensure that students have learnt something new during the online class. Plus, reading classes held in the second-half give children a chance to improve their speaking skills.

Q. Any new hobbies that your son has picked up during the online learning phase? 

Avjot has really started enjoying yoga classes after initial hesitation. He has also become more energetic towards his music classes.

Q. What is the best part about Apeejay Noida?

Several events that used to be held before the pandemic would keep the children on their toes and make sure they learnt something more than what has been mentioned in the textbooks. I also miss the winter carnival and the way kids used to compete with each other to get more parents to visit their stalls and play the games. 

Q. How eagerly is Avjot looking forward to offline classes, like pre-covid times?

Who would have thought that there would come a day when a child would be so eager to go back to the school. Avjot repeatedly asks about when the school will reopen for physical classes. So, we have taken him to see the school building a few times. The smile on his face on seeing the building said it all.

Harshita is Assistant Editor at Apeejay newsroom. With a Post Graduate Diploma from Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, Harshita has experienced both the Media and Public Relations (PR) world. She has worked as a Journalist with Careers360 and India Today and was a PR Professional at Value360 Communications. Learner by nature, she is a foodie, traveler and believes in having a healthy work-life balance.

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