Library construction to begin soon
Dubai: A Dh1 billion contract for the construction of the Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Library has been approved by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and chairman of Dubai Municipality.
Construction of the library, the Arab world’s largest cultural project, will commence this month and will be completed by mid-2018. The 650,000 square foot facility can facilitate 42 million visitors annually and will house more than 4.5 million printed, digital and audio books.
Located in Al Jaddaf, the library will include 10 specialised libraries, 1.5 million printed books, two million digital books and one million audio books.
Designed in the shape of an open book on a lectern, the seven-storey building will host over 100 cultural and cognitive events every year, a permanent art gallery, and a home for specialised institutions that support development of Arabic language content.
The library includes a centre for conservation and restoration of books, manuscripts and documents, a special library for the Al Maktoum collection and a civilisation museum.
Hussain Nasser Lootah, director-general of Dubai Municipality, stated that the library is the most valuable cultural and knowledge gift by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for generations to come.
Lootah said the library has six pillars of wisdom that constitute its message and distinguishes its mission: the libraries; encouraging reading; spreading content; supporting authoring and translation; protecting the Arabic Language, and preserving cultural heritage.
The project was announced by Shaikh Mohammad at the launch of the Year of Reading, declared for 2016 by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
“The library will significantly harness modern technology to serve scientific research, dissemination of knowledge and advanced sciences. It will be a world of credible reference in Arabic language and a destination for specialists, scientists, researchers, writers, poets, intellectuals, talented minds and students. It will also serve as an incubation for publishers,” Lootah said.
He added that the library will deliver its diverse services through traditional, electronic and multi-media systems.
According to him, the main library can accommodate 1.5 million titles.
The library, he revealed, will house the Arab world’s largest e-library and will be one of the richest in the world in terms of e-documentation of knowledge
Hamdan approves contract for construction of Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Library
Students rejoice in colourful school makeover
Dubai: National Charity School Dubai students have been delighted by a colourful makeover of some campus areas, organised by AkzoNobel’s first Human Cities project in the region.
Sections of the school’s Garhoud branch were in poor condition before 55 AkzoNobel employees spent three weeks painting and refurbishing the gym area, art room and reading corner.
Pupils said they were impressed by the renovation, which has made them more eager to learn and play at school. The project was completed on Monday, following a tour of the upgrades.
AkzoNobel, a global supplier of paints and coatings, chose to renovate the school as part of its Human Cities initiative, which is focused on “improving, energising and regenerating urban communities across the world”. This is the first time the initiative has been implemented in the region.
The National Charity Schools group in the UAE offers low fees and scholarships to families who cannot afford the more expensive private education options. In Dubai, its annual tuition fee ranges from Dh4,277 for grade one to Dh7,841 for grade 12.
The National Charity Schools was established in 1983 by prominent UAE philanthropist and entrepreneur Juma Al Majid. It now teaches around 11,000 students.
On Monday, students looked on as AkzoNobel employees gave the finishing touches to the project.
“We’re deeply appreciative of this great project. We are committed to fulfilling the vision of His Excellency Juma Al Majid, the founder, to deliver high quality education, and creating a positive educational environment goes a long way to accomplishing this,” said Dr Kamal Mohammad Farhat, general manager, The National Charity Schools.
Peter Tomlinson, managing director, AkzoNobel Middle East & Performance Coatings Africa, said: “There is no better place than an educational institution — especially one with such noble values as The National Charity Schools — to roll out this initiative. With the renovation of the Secondary Section, we aim to create an inspiring school environment that will bring the best out of the students.”
Students toured the upgrades on Tuesday enthusiastically, playing in the gym area and colouring in the art class. Palestinian sixth grader Hala Rasheed, 11, said: “It’s so nice, I like the school this way. I’m more interested now to study more.”
As well as painting the Secondary Section with bright Dulux colours — which can resist high summer temperatures — the company also added new facilities such as safe flooring, book shelves and sports equipment.
Paints company AkzoNobel spruces up National Charity School
India’s Top Teacher UAE
Dubai: A Dubai school principal has been chosen for India’s highest award for teachers to be presented by the Indian President on September 5.
Thomas Mathew, the executive principal at GEMS Our Own English School (Girls), has won the National Teacher Award 2015 instituted by the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development.
He was nominated by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) which has a quota of 20 out of the 378 awards annually given to raise the prestige of teachers and give public recognition to the meritorious services of outstanding teachers.
The award carries a medal, certificate, and a cash prize of Rs50,000. Mathew will receive the award from Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Teachers’ Day, which marks the birth anniversary of the country’s first vice-president, second president and eminent educationist Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
Mathew had bagged the CBSE Teacher Award in 2008 when he was the principal of Our Own High School Sharjah (Boys). He is also a recipient of Asian Education Leadership Award 2015 for outstanding contribution to education.
His former colleague in Dubai, Dr Subhash Bhaskaran Nair, who is now the principal of Shantiniketan Indian School in Doha, Qatar, is the only other recipient of the national award from the Gulf region this year. Currently, Mathew is into his third year as the executive principal of the flagship school of the GEMS group that has a strength of over 10,000 girls.
“It’s always special when you get the national award. Every time you get an award, you rededicate yourself to work with children. It is a motivating factor and it prompts you to work even harder. I thank God, the entire GEMS family, especially founder Sunny Varkey for the trust he has put in me, and then my wife for supporting and allowing me to work for long hours,” Mathew told Gulf News yesterday.
He said he reaches the school by 6.30am and leaves by 4-4.30pm only. “If you are early in the school, you can plan your day better. That is also an ideal time to meet parents who find work pressure after 8 o’clock.”
Talking about the profession of teaching, he said: “We must not choose teaching career by chance … it should be by choice and should not be the last choice. And the most important thing for teachers is to create a bond with children for life and show your genuine passion in teaching and loving them.”
As his message to students, he urged them to follow their passion and think. “When there is thinking, learning takes place. They must learn to conceive ideas and believe in them. Then they will achieve. Today we have children who are so smart and intelligent. The only thing that teachers should do is help them tackle life.”
A couple of lessons that he has learnt in his 33 years of service are that the students who show a lot of love and affection later on are the ones who were naughty in schools and the best feedback that he has received from students has always been from informal interactions held out of classrooms.
Mathew of GEMS Our Own English School to receive National Teacher Award 2015 on Teachers Day
Dubai: Dubai Cares is supporting a new Dh5.5 million programme in Mexico that will stimulate millions of young children’s learning of maths and science and address gender inequality in early learning.
The charity organisation, part of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, is joining forces with Sesame Workshop to support the new programme, which is expected to benefit 1.5 million children between the ages of three and six and their families in the next three years.
The new multi-media programme that focuses on enhancing the quality of early educational experiences in maths and science will include a web-based series, training programme, and resources for families and educators and is expected to help and inspire parents and caregivers to become more closely involved in their children’s education.
In recent years, Mexico has successfully established universal access to basic education and compulsory early childhood education, but there remains a critical need for stronger maths and science instruction for young children, and a persistent disparity in the quality of education between boys and girls, Dubai Cares said.
Tareq Al Gurg, Dubai Cares chief executive officer, said Dubai Cares identified a programme that will effectively address the many difficulties children, teachers, and schools face when it comes to early childhood education, especially when it comes to the learning experience and teachers’ capacity.
“Working closely with our strategic partner, Sesame Workshop, our aim is to address the issues of gender bias around maths and science starting early and through an ecological approach that starts in the home and extends into schools and the media. We are expecting results that will enrich the education process for all children, no matter if they are boys or girls, especially in parts of the country that are currently deprived of quality maths and science resources,” he said.
There will also be a media outreach effort to address gender stereotypes by encouraging a positive portrayal of girls, their potential, and their right to an equal education.
Mada Al Suwaidi, Senior Country Programme Officer at Dubai Cares, said, “We live in a world where maths, science and technology have become the drivers of social and economic change and, thanks to this new programme, we will be able to help Mexico’s children — girls as well as boys — become the country’s next generation of entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists, medical professionals and business people.”
The programme focusing on early education is expected to benefit 1 5m children and their parents in the next three years
Education development plan
Dubai: A comprehensive development plan for the education sector will bring about massive changes that will benefit future generations of Emirati students.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was briefed on the plan yesterday (Monday) during a visit to the Ministry of Education.
The plan will be implemented this year and will bring about massive changes in school curricula, educational streams, as well as student and school evaluation systems.
Upon his arrival at the ministry, Shaikh Mohammad was received by Hussain Ebrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education; Jameela Salem Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Public Education; and Ahmad Abdullah Humaid Bel Houl Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education.
The changes approved by Shaikh Mohammad introduce new curricula in technology, innovative design, health sciences, business management, life skills and career guidance.
Another change will be merging the streams of science and literature into a unified stream, in addition to introducing a stream for exceptional elite students. During the coming period, teaching will gradually be bilingual, with a focus on national identity and Emirati characteristics of openness, tolerance and keeping abreast with educational and technological developments.
Shaikh Mohammad was briefed on steps taken to set up a centre for specialised training to develop the abilities of teachers in line with international standards.
Shaikh Mohammad issued directives on the importance of communicating with those operating in the education sector, the students’ parents and the community to brief them on the magnitude of changes that are taking place in the education process.
Shaikh Mohammad instructed teachers on the importance of cooperation in the implementation of the comprehensive development plan in UAE schools’ curricula in order to achieve the desired goals.
Shaikh Mohammad also called on parents to cooperate with education bodies and schools in order to ensure the plan’s success, which will benefit future generations by boosting their opportunities.
“Our future begins in schools, and everyone must bear the responsibility for future generations and citizens, and we have confidence in our teachers bringing about a real change,” said Shaikh Mohammad.
“The Ministry of Education is the largest ministry in the UAE, comprising three ministers. It also bears the biggest responsibility, and all government bodies will be supportive in bringing about real change in education because education is what ensures the continuity of the UAE’s development and will provide a foundation for achieving aspirations in all fields,” added Shaikh Mohammad.
The Vice-President pointed out that developing the education process is inevitable and not a matter of choice. He said that such development requires determination, and indicated that there is no room for excuses. “We are looking forward to a generation that possesses skills for the future and an education field that is supportive and able to keep abreast with changes and developments,” he said.
Al Hammadi emphasised that the process of development is a part of the ministry’s efforts to achieve the objectives of the National Agenda, using national criteria, curricula and a new assessment policy that are in line with the highest standards of quality. He pointed out that the presence of high standards in assessment policies, curricula and criteria contributes directly and indirectly to achieving National Agenda indexes.
Shaikh Mohammad was then briefed by Al Falasi on the status of the higher education sector, with a focus on scholarships and new specialisations for the scholarships abroad programme. Al Falasi said that the scholarships serves the UAE’s approach for the future and helps bolster its position in the global competitiveness index.
He added that the ministry plans to increase the number of applicants for Mmsters and PhD degrees abroad by 50 per cent during the next five years, with a focus on particular specialisations such as space science, innovation, medicine, agriculture and clean technology.
The meeting was attended by Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, and a number of officials in the field of education.
Points in focus:
Literature and science streams will be cancelled, 2016-2017 academic year will serve as a point of transition to the new ‘general’ and ‘advanced’ streams
Grade 10 to 12 students in 2016-2017 will study as per the old stream system, and the new streams system will be introduced for Grade 10 students in 2017-2018
Subjects updated and elective courses to be introduced
Comprehensive development for the kindergarten system
A new policy for evaluating kindergartens that will take into consideration the participations of parents
Introducing a comprehensive programme for gradual reading at all levels of education
Geography, history, social science and economy to be merged into a single course called Social Studies and National Education
A curriculum for computer science and programming to be introduced, with the aim of wiping out programming illiteracy in future Emirati generations within 10 years
Health science curriculum that will allow students to become the first responder in cases of medical emergencies that they might encounter
Changes in education system to benefit UAE economy, says minister
Dubai: As more than a million students prepare to return to schools nationwide on Sunday, the Ministry of Education on Saturday said significant changes made in the education system will support the UAE’c diversified economy in the coming years.
In a message issued to parents, teachers and students, Hussain Ebrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, said: “We are receiving the new academic year optimistically as it will be different from previous ones due to the significant changes and integrations made by the ministry to develop a unique educational system that supports a diversified and flexible economy based on knowledge and led by qualified Emiratis who will be able to continue the progress of prosperity and development in the UAE.”
“I am fully confident that our teachers are passionately eager to start the academic year to pursue their important role in bringing up and teaching our sons the noble morals and values that are consistent with ours so as to drive our country forward and achieve our aspirations.”
The minister urged teachers to pay special attention to research and development and explore new ways to upgrade and develop teaching methods according to the latest global practices. The ministry will spare no efforts to provide new development and vocational training opportunities and will offer the latest educational tools and techniques.
The success, Al Hammadi said, depends on devotion and exploiting time. “It also depends on setting a good example for students, as our students are a trust in our hands. I would also like to advise you to be soft on students and treat them very well because if a student is loved his teacher, he would accept everything from him.”Ministry publishes list of accredited institutions of higher education and academic programmes
He said his ministry will make efforts to “create an exceptional educational system” through a qualitative shift in line with the UAE’s vision 2021 and the national educational agenda.
Education is the cornerstone of the nation’s development and the most important investment in the future generation and that’s why the national agendas for the UAE’s vision 2021 focused on the development of the educational system and upgrading it according to the best practices used in this field, Al Hammadi added.
He pointed out that reforms in the education sector are a key pillar of the UAE’s vision 2021 as the country is moving towards a knowledge-based economy.
In a related context, the ministry of education has published on its website a list of accredited institutions of higher education and academic programmes in the UAE.
The move aims to provide students with true information about all institutions of higher educations and academic programmes accredited in the UAE.
Ahmad Abdullah Humaid Bel Houl Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education, said, “The ministry advises all students to make sure that the universities and the academic programme they want to join are accredited and licensed by the ministry to ensures the ministry’s ratification on certificates after graduation or when a student wants to move from university to another.
The higher education institutions and the academic programmes are licensed and accredited according to authentic standards that are in line with those widely known internationally, Al Falasi added.
More than 1.03 million students will return to schools on Sunday across the UAE.
The number of students in Abu Dhabi public schools is 1,30,324 while in private schools it is 2,37,290
The number of students in Dubai public schools is 29,400 while in private schools it is 2,59,595
The number of students in Sharjah public schools is 40,770 while in private schools it is 2,37,290
The number of students in Ajman public schools is 15,641 while in private schools is 46,113
The number of students in Umm Al Quwain public schools is 5441 while in private schools is 4,846
The number of students in Fujairah public schools is 14,369 while in private schools it is 25,154
The number of students in Ras Al Khaimah public schools is 33,294 while in private schools it is 25,154Source: Changes in education system to benefit UAE economy, says minister
Dubai: Hundreds of anxious UAE students on Thursday received their A-Level results, described as record-breaking by several schools.
The exams were held in May-June and the results, announced this year on August 18 for students globally, carry considerable weight in university admission prospects.
Dubai-based Egyptian student Daniel Nashed, 19, said he “wasn’t expecting” to score four A*s (A-stars), which is the highest rank in the exams, above A. Nashed, a grade 13 student of GEMS Jumeirah College in Dubai, earned A*s in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Further Mathematics.
“The exams were really hard, so I wasn’t expecting A*s. I was expecting As. I’m going to study civil engineering at UCLA [University of California, Los Angeles],” he said.
Nashed was the topper in his school, joining eight other students with four A*s in GEMS schools.
Thursday’s results also included results for AS-Levels, which precede A-Levels. In GEMS schools, 405 students took A-Level exams while 693 sat for AS-Level tests.
The total number of UAE students who took the tests, administered through different governing bodies, was not immediately available.
Indian student Devika Dahiya, also from Jumeirah College, earned three As (in Biology, Chemistry and Physics), and a B in Maths. She described the wait for the results as an anxious time, saying she was relieved to finally learn how she fared.
“Devika has done us mighty proud,” her father Deepak Dahiya said.
British student Karishma Sunil, who received a B in Arts and Business, and a C in ICT, is going to attend the University of Creative Arts in the UK. “I was stressed out before the exams, but the exams weren’t that bad. I’m so glad the results are out now,” said Karishma, who took the A-Levels in grade 13 at Jumeirah College.
Simon O’Connor, the school’s principal and CEO, said the results were the school’s best since its opening in 1999. He added that the results were more impressive given that the exams were getting “more difficult” every year.
“We’re bucking the trend. We have a three-way relationship between students, teachers and parents, whom we involve and work with closely,” O’Connor said.
Across the GEMS schools offering the National Curriculum for England, 39 per cent of students achieved A* to A, and 65 per cent achieved A* to B, which is higher than the UK national averages on both counts.
In Abu Dhabi, Al Yasmina Academy said 74 per cent of its 31 students finishing the final year of A-Levels achieved one or more A* to B grades, a 10 per cent increase on 2015.
Meanwhile, 35 per cent of pupils earned all A* or A grades, a rise of 30 per cent from last year. The Abu Dhabi-based educator is also celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate overall.
The school is run by Aldar Academies, which operates seven schools in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, teaching over 5,000 students.
“We are absolutely delighted to celebrate this year’s best-ever post-16-year-olds’ examination results,” said Dr Tim Hughes, Al Yasmina Academy’s principal.
The school’s top three students included Emirati Mohammad Al Hashmi (one A* and three As); Iraqi Suma Al Baytee (one A* and two As); and Lebanese Fawzi Hreiki (two A*s and one B).
Mohammad has already earned himself a scholarship from the Abu Dhabi Education Council and plans to study mechanical engineering at the University of Bath, England.
“Eventually, I’d like to be involved with the UAE space programme or with [Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy organisation] Masdar,” he said.
Suma meanwhile plans to go to New Zealand to study dentistry at the University of Otago.
What is A-Level and AS-Level?
A-Level (Advanced Level) is a qualification under the UK’s General Certificate of Education. It is a school-leaving qualification offered by UK educational bodies to students completing secondary or pre-university education.
A-Levels, in general, are composed of two parts — the first one being the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level and the second part is known as the A2 Level.
The AS-Level, which is qualification in itself, combined with the A2 Level forms the complete A-Level.
AS-Level is usually undertaken in grade 12 while A-Level is typically taught in grade 13.
There are some variations in A-Levels, depending on the educational body offering them as well as the country it is being offered in.
A-Levels are preceded by O (Ordinary) Levels, whose exams are usually taken in grade 10 or 11 in British-curriculum schools.Schools in UAE report impressive performance by students this year
Personal development: A good proportion of private schools in Abu Dhabi prioritise pupils’ social and personal development, the latest round of inspections in these institutions has revealed.
In a statement sent by the emirate’s education sector regulator, the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec), the council said that 62 per cent of the 110 inspected schools showed good standards in supporting pupils’ development. Fifty-seven per cent of schools also excelled in ensuring pupils’ safety and guidance, while 39 per cent had good teaching and assessment standards.
As part of the inspections, schools are judged in six broad areas — student achievement; students’ personal and social development and innovation skills; teaching and assessment; curriculum; student protection and guidance; and school leadership and management.
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Abu Dhabi: More than 600 new public school teachers were recently briefed about educational policies, achievements, and goals in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) announced in a statement sent today (August 15).
The Adec, which regulates the education sector in the emirate, provided information on teachers’ roles and professional expectations, as well as the UAE’s national identity, the public school curriculum, and entitlements like leaves and allowances.Schools in Abu Dhabi judged in six broad areas
Abu Dhabi: Parental anxiety may be a common when sending children to school but parents in the UAE have begun to use technology, specifically messaging services, to allay some of their fears and make the process easier, residents said.
Through services like WhatsApp, a Facebook-owned messaging application, parents are now able to get quick information from teachers and other parents on homework, assignments and school activities. They say this greatly helps reduce the stress of sending children back to school after the summer, as they feel better prepared and can, in some cases, even communicate with teachers.
“My daughter’s teacher started a group on WhatsApp for all parents with children in the same class at the start of the 2015-2016 academic year, and we welcomed the easy and convenient channel of communication,” said Mayank Goyal, 41, a sales manager from India. His daughter, Kashish, attends a British curriculum school in the capital.
“For instance, my daughter once forgot that she had an Arabic test the next day. We found out because another parent mentioned it on the group, and then we were able to prepare her for it on time. Another time, my wife found out that parents were in fact invited to a cultural day at school, and was able to attend it,” he remembers.
Goyal says parents can also exchange information on the school’s cultural activities, and that his daughter’s class teacher always responds promptly to any queries.
Abu Dhabi: Four private schools, one of which is Al Muna School in the emirate of Abu Dhabi have attained the highest ranking in the latest round of inspections conducted by education regulator Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec), it was announced on Tuesday.
This is the first time that any school has reached the “outstanding” rating since private school checks were introduced in Abu Dhabi in 2009.
In a statement, the Adec announced that 74 per cent of 110 inspected schools were found to maintain satisfactory to high-performing standards. These results are part of the Adec’s fourth round of checks into private institutions.
The top-rated schools are Al Mushrif Primary and Al Bateen Secondary School, Al Muna Primary School, Bloom Academy (Brighton College Al Ain) and Raha International Schools.
Six schools, of which four are located in Al Ain, have been, however, judged “very weak”, the lowest possible rank.
There are currently 186 private schools in the emirate, and in the 2015-2016 academic year, they enrolled more than 236,000 students.
“This is the first time we have “outstanding” schools in Abu Dhabi, which is a great indicator that [educational institutions] are doing a superb job, especially those that have demonstrated significant improvement,” said Hamad Al Dhaheri, executive director of private schools and quality assurance at the Adec.
Each private school in Abu Dhabi is inspected once in about every two years. The fourth round of inspections, which began in 2015-2016, will continue during the upcoming academic year (2016-2017).
Among the 110 schools inspected so far, 31 are American curriculum schools, 25 schools offer British curriculum, 27 Ministry of Education (MoE) curriculum, 11 Indian curriculums and 16 offer other curriculums, including Pakistani and the International Baccalaureate.
According to the Adec statement, 40 per cent of schools have improved their rankings this time, but quality standards at four schools have declined.
While four schools have achieved the top rank (outstanding), 12 have been judged “very good” and 27 “good”. A further 38 schools were found to be “acceptable”, while 23 have been found to be “weak” and six “very weak”.
Parents who spoke to Gulf News appeared satisfied with the quality of education and teaching.
Megha Goyal, a homemaker and mother of two from India, said she especially values the frequent communication and feedback from her daughter’s teachers.
“They are quick to respond to our queries, and help us keep track of her progress,” she said. Her daughter attends fourth grade at a British curriculum school in the capital that has been rated as very good.
Diane Newton, a mother of three from Australia, said she is more or less satisfied with the British curriculum school that her three children attend.
“I would say its biggest strength is the top-notch teaching that it offers,” she said.
S. Alex, a homemaker from India, said she would however prefer to see the implementation of differentiated teaching methods, and a chance for children to engage in more extracurricular activities.
“My son attends a top-ranking British curriculum school, and I can vouch for the level of attention teachers provide in the foundation stages. But now that he is almost in middle school, I would like to see him get the opportunity to pursue the sports that he loves. Basically, I feel that schools should allow children to develop based on their personal interests and strengths,” she added.
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Dubai: A UAE student is among only 146 pupils worldwide achieving a perfect score of 45 in this year’s International Baccalaureate (IB) exams.
Nora Jandhyala from GEMS Wellington International School got a perfect score in the IB Diploma Programme, said GEMS Education on Sunday while announcing the results.
It wasn’t immediately known if other UAE-based students are also among the perfect scorers in the latest IB session held in May.
Globally, almost 150,000 IB students worldwide took the exams, whose results started releasing in July for students of both the IB Diploma and Career-related Programmes.
A total of 326 students from GEMS World Academy, Dubai, Dubai American Academy, GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail, GEMS Wellington International School, GEMS Modern Academy and GEMS American Academy, Abu Dhabi achieved their IB Diploma, which marks a 28 per cent increase from 2015 in the number of students receiving their diplomas.
The GEMS pass rate has now climbed to 92 per cent (from 90 per cent in 2015), with the pass rate internationally remaining at 78.5 per cent for the third year in a row.
Meanwhile, the average score of 33 of GEMS students demonstrates an improvement on previous results and is consistently improving against the world averages, which this year was recorded at 30.
Sir Christopher Stone, chief education officer, GEMS Education, said: “This is a fantastic culmination of all their learning and hard work at school and lays a great foundation for their continued lifelong learning at their universities of choice and later in the world of work.”
GEMS schools also had many students who exceeded an average score of 40. Another three GEMS students — Neeranuch Vootivakinskul from GEMS World Academy, Dubai; and Claudia Elliot-Wilson and Mayla Razzouk, both from GEMS Wellington International School — all received an impressive 44.Nora Jandhyala from GEMS Wellington International School one of only 146 pupils globally with perfect score