List of the best traditional, modern and mixed schools in Pune
By Madhurie Singh, February 20, 2014
There are very broadly 3 types of schools in Pune. The traditional schools that have been there ever since Britishers built schools in 1876 onwards. Secondly, the modern schools, that have been around only since last 10-15 years. Lastly, the schools that are a mix of the traditional style and modern style, mainly because they are adapting to the new ways to teaching, learning, management etc.
The traditional schools have been into the existence since 1876 ie 138 years!!!! I am sure you will agree that in a century and a half, a lot has changed in our country and this world around us. Yet! There are schools that continue to function the same old way. These make use of the book and the notebook method of teaching. The learning is mostly by rote and similar to what our generations would have gone through our school days. The method of disciplining is also by force or punishment. Teachers are the old school teachers who are experienced and dedicated to teaching but not necessarily keen. The schools that fall under this category are, St Marys, Bishops, St Helenas, Hutchings, St Annes, Loyolla, St Josephs, Pawar Public School , VPMS etc.
The modern schools are those that have adopted newer ways of teaching and learning, newer ways of disciplining and newer ways of managing the schools, children, staff and even the parents. They have their curriculum designed by experts of the current time and focus on making the learning interesting using various fun methodologies and tools. These have a mandatory teacher training process to help teachers adapt to the modern ways to teachings. They too use interactive tools, but probably only used for 20% of the entire curriculum. Their type of disciplining is more self awareness. The schools that fall under this category are Symbiosis International, MIT Gurukul, Vibgyor, Orchid, Orbis, Indus World, Aman Setu etc
The mixed type of schools has their core in the traditional style yet they are adapting to the modern ways too. There will be the books that are demanded as per the boards, but will have a few learning materials designed for the benefit of the children, depending on the complexity of the topics. They have interactive teaching tools too, but probably only used for less than 10% of the entire curriculum. The mixed type of schools are DPS, Podar, Wisdom World, Indira Nationals, Vidya Valley, Kothari, Amanora etc.