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UAE schools share IB results with some students getting highest score of 45 points

Ruth Harron 06/07/2020 0

Courtesy of Gulf News : 

Dubai: Some Dubai schools on Monday morning outlined how their students performed in the International Baccalaureate (IB) results, awarded globally without the external exams for the first time.

The lockdowns, restrictions and health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic had led to the cancellation of the IB May 2020 external exams.

Instead, this year’s results for students were based on their internal assessment, coursework and predicted grades for each subject.

There are 50 IB World Schools in the UAE.

Over 520 students from seven GEMS Education schools in the UAE “achieved the best ever results for the GEMS network of schools, in terms of both pass rate and average points”, GEMS said.

These include two students from GEMS Wellington International School and one student from GEMS Modern Academy achieving the highest point score possible of 45.

Overall, GEMS students earned an average point score of 34 this year, compared to the international average point score of 29.7 in 2019.

David Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President – Education, GEMS Education, said, “We are incredibly proud of this year’s cohort of GEMS IB Diploma students and their results. Not only have they had to complete their secondary education in the most trying of circumstances, but they have also managed to collectively achieve our best ever IB Diploma results…”

Another leading school group said it has achieved record results in both pass rates and average points with a 45 point ‘topper’ but won’t officially release their “record-breaking” results until their students have accessed them online, later today.

Meanwhile, students of Dubai International Academy (DIA) Emirates Hills, scored an average of 35 points, “against a typical global average of 30 points”.

DIA Emirates Hills had the largest graduating cohort across Innoventures Educations schools, with 127 IB DP (Diploma Programme) students, six IB Courses students and seven IB Career-related Programme students.

From the school’s DP students, 21 scored 40-and-above points out of the total 45 points.

Its top-scoring student, Jiya Rughwani, who obtained 43 points, will be attending Tufts University, USA, to study economics. DIA said it is “also proud of the outstanding results” achieved by an Emirati student, Shamma Ali Ibrahim Younus, who scored 41 points and will be attending New York University Abu Dhabi with 100 per cent scholarship.

Jiya Rughwani

Jiya said, “The IB DP has been a rewarding and transformative journey that shaped my thought process to view the world with a holistic perspective. I am grateful for my teachers who went beyond the classroom setting to make each step of learning reflective of the ever-changing world we live in…”

Shamma Ali Ibrahim Younus

Shamma said, “I am truly delighted with the outcome of my IB results, and I’m glad to know that all of my efforts have come to fulfilment. I firmly believe that this achievement is the culmination of my 15 years at DIA under the tutelage of the IB curriculum, and I’m truly thankful for the experiences that I’ve had here and for the life lessons that I’ve learned from students and faculty alike.”

Jayne Needham, Principal of DIA, said, “The results reflect the nature of this resilient and amazing cohort. We are proud of their achievements and congratulate them on their results. They are part of our DIA family and we look forward to hearing of their future successes…”

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My thoughts on moving to The UAE to embark on a new teaching position during these uncertain times

Ruth Harron 28/06/2020 0

I hope you are all keeping safe and well in these challenging and unknown times! I totally understand how you are feeling as an applicant, everything seems to be unknown at the moment. I do know however that HR processes are continuing as normal in The UAE. In terms of your current positions that you are leaving and those being advertised, I know how that must feel. It is the same risk as any other teacher takes when relocating abroad, there are unknowns and nothing is full proof but your jobs are as secure as they can be in The UAE if you have signed contracts and have all your documents in place for licensing on time.

 

We still have so many early years/primary applicants and no vacancies so your jobs are in demand out there! Whether school starts in August or September in The UAE, it will be down to National restrictions but they will still need a full staff for the scholastic year beginning 2020 so be reassured of your path and decisions. Teaching could however look a little different in The UAE as with every country in The World at the minute and It could be all online, blended learning, or back to normal.

 

Please contact me if you would like to discuss your situation and share your thoughts! ruthharron@teachersinuae.com

Best wishes

 

Ruth Harron

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My thoughts on moving to The UAE to embark on a new teaching position during these uncertain times

Ruth Harron 01/06/2020 0

I hope you are all keeping safe and well in these challenging and unknown times! I totally understand how you are feeling as an applicant, everything seems to be unknown at the moment. I do know however that HR processes are continuing as normal in The UAE. In terms of your current positions that you are leaving and those being advertised, I know how that must feel. It is the same risk as any other teacher takes when relocating abroad, there are unknowns and nothing is full proof but your jobs are as secure as they can be in The UAE if you have signed contracts and have all your documents in place for licensing on time.

 

We still have so many early years/primary applicants and no vacancies so your jobs are in demand out there! Whether school starts in August or September in The UAE, it will be down to National restrictions but they will still need a full staff for the scholastic year beginning 2020 so be reassured of your path and decisions. Teaching could however look a little different in The UAE as with every country in The World at the minute and It could be all online, blended learning, or back to normal.

 

Please contact me if you would like to discuss your situation and share your thoughts! ruthharron@teachersinuae.com

Best wishes

 

Ruth Harron

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Coronavirus and UAE Graduations

Ruth Harron 25/05/2020 0

University graduates admit it is a bittersweet moment as they cannot celebrate with friends and family as planned. Courtesy of

On Wednesday, Hafsa Ahmed will take a short walk around her near-deserted university campus before heading back to her room to graduate online, alone.

The 22-year-old Pakistani student is one of hundreds in the UAE who will be graduating virtually this year due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ms Ahmed said Wednesday will mark a “bittersweet ending” to her four year journey at New York University Abu Dhabi.

“It is slowly sinking in that we are graduating online,” she told The National.

“Over the past couple of weeks it has been a step by step realisation that it is happening this way, so I’ve gotten used to the idea, I can’t change it.

“This whole process has been hard. We are taught to look at the silver linings but it’s tough when a farewell like this has come so suddenly.

“I’ve had friends in the UAE take repatriation flights to their home countries without the chance to say goodbye.

“A graduation ceremony is a type of closure for students, it’s hard to get that in these current times, but I’m grateful for the effort that has been made by our university.”

Studying a Bachelor of Arts in Social Research and Public Policy, Ms Ahmed submitted her final thesis and project earlier this month.

Hafsa Ahmed, a student at New York University Abu Dhabi, will take part in her virtual graduation on Wednesday. Courtesy: Hafsa Ahmed
Hafsa Ahmed, a student at New York University Abu Dhabi, will take part in her virtual graduation on Wednesday. Courtesy: Hafsa Ahmed

The occasion marked the end of an era for the senior and brought a close to a “memorable, fantastic and emotional” university experience.

On Wednesday afternoon, she will join hundreds of classmates and login to NYU Abu Dhabi’s virtual commencement ceremony to celebrate the Class of 2020.

The event will include a video tribute to the graduating class, an individual degree conferment where students’ names will be called out, as well as speeches from NYU president Andy Hamilton, vice chancellor Mariët Westermann and two time Pulitzer Prize winner, David Levering Lewis.

“I am looking forward to it but it will be very different to what we all planned,” said Ms Ahmed.

“We were sent a little goodie bag that contained our graduation caps and gowns, an alumni pin and a congratulatory card from the leadership.

“We were also given a booking slot so we could go and have our graduation picture taken.

“My parents were meant to fly in from Pakistan a week before the ceremony so I could introduce them to my friends and professors, so it’s sad to be losing out on that.

“It wears down on you, I can’t help but be nostalgic about what could have been.”

Ms Ahmed said she will be having a muted and “socially distanced celebration” with some of her peers at her campus accommodation in Abu Dhabi.

For 22-year-old Khalid Abdelrahman Kareem, his ceremony has been cancelled all together.

Studying at the University of Bath in the UK, he travelled back to his family in the UAE on March 12 as global lockdown measures began to tighten.

“I was expecting to come back in mid-April but as we saw things getting worse, I brought my flight forward,” he said.

“I left my student halls very suddenly and didn’t even get to say goodbye to a lot of my friends.

“After four years of study and living together, it was a split decision that I had no control over.

“Our graduation ceremony has been cancelled and so has our end of year ball, which is something I’ve been looking forward to since starting university.”

Khalid Abdelrahman Kareem's graduation ceremony was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Pawan Singh / The National
Khalid Abdelrahman Kareem’s graduation ceremony was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Pawan Singh / The National

The electrical and electronic engineering student said he and classmates were given the option to attend a later, joint graduation, but he declined.

“The university asked us if we wanted to be invited to another graduation event either in November or in June 2021, but a lot of us declined,” he said.

“Very few of us can travel back to the university because most of us will be in full-time employment.

“It’s especially difficult for overseas students like me. I have a job placement in the UAE that I’ll be starting in the summer, I can’t then take time out to travel to the UK for the sake of an hours-long ceremony.

“Plus, that feeling of being a fresh graduate would have been gone by then. It’s really sad but I just have to get on with it now.”

Throughout the world, the class of 2020 has had to push forward with a non-traditional graduation experience amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

While practicing social distancing, university communities have come up with creative ways to celebrate their commencement virtually.

At the Business Breakthrough University in Tokyo, Japan, mobile robots were used to host a unique graduation ceremony for students on March 28.

The robots had tablets attached to them where each student was in “virtual attendance” via a Zoom call.

At.4.30pm on Wednesday, Katarina Holtzapple, a senior at NYU Abu Dhabi, said she will be watching her graduation take place on her laptop from the comfort of her dorm room.

“I have family in the US and Croatia so I am co-ordinating getting everyone together on a video call to watch the ceremony with me, there will be about 15 or 20 of us,” the 22-year-old said.

“My immediate family should have been with me in person but that just couldn’t happen because of the pandemic.

Katarina Holtzapple will have family from the United States and Croatia watching her online graduation ceremony. Courtesy: Katrina Holtzapple
Katarina Holtzapple will have family from the United States and Croatia watching her online graduation ceremony. Courtesy: Katrina Holtzapple

“When I realised I couldn’t fly back home to the US to do the virtual graduation with my family around me, that was tough.

“It’s very different to how I planned my graduation but the reality has settled in now.”

The fourth year student, studying film and social research and public policy, said she will be in her dorm with her three roommates on the day, but will leave the full celebrations until next month.

“I fly home on Wednesday so we’ll be having a belated get together with my family because my cousin in the US is graduating too.”

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