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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

'We hope to get more students from Nepal,Alka Verma, thways World School

Pathways World School is a Gurgaon, India based educational institution offering International Baccalaureate (IB). IB is newly introduced teaching methodology in India and has received worldwide recognition.
Pathways is a school for students from pre-nursery to Grade 12. Alka Verma, head of admissions and communication of Pathways World School, was in the capital on Saturday to attend an interaction with parents. Samiksha Koirala of Republica caught up with Verma to talk about the school and its activities. Excerpts:

What was the main objective of conducting a seminar in Kathmandu?
We have been getting some enquiries from Nepali parents. Some of them have already sent their children to us. We thought it was important to bring them together to share their experience, which could help potential parents to decide about sending their children to Pathways.

What makes Pathways World School different from other Indian schools?
First thing is we have introduced world recognized IB program. Out of more than 200,000 schools in India, only 46 of them have introduced IB methodology. In traditional school, students are simply judged based on their academic performance, but at Pathways along with academics, evaluation is done on the basis of their creativity, action/sports activities, service and others. We offer six different groups of subjects and students can choose one as per their interest.

Operating schools with multi-facilities needs a huge investment. What is the total investment so far?
The school is spread over 32 acres of land and equipped with all required facilities. Residential facilities are based on the model of a first-class British independent boarding school with professional staffing, comfortable study-bedrooms, common rooms, and catering of international standard. We invested IRs 1 billion in our first phase. It must have doubled by now.

What is the total number of students and how is the participation of international students at Pathways?
At present, there are 1,000 students, 250 of them are from abroad. We have a total of 23 students from Nepal and after getting positive response from the seminar, I am confident that we will have more students.
International schools are usually considered for children from upper economic class.

 How is the fee structure compared to other Indian schools?
With the facilities and quality we offer, parents will find the fee structure reasonable. Compared to other Indian schools, the fee would be almost twice. But it is competitive when compared to other international schools.

source:republica, 24 feb 2011

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