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.