Sahana Rahim and Pranieti Ahuja
Sahana Rahim (L) and Pranieti Ahuja (R) from GEMS Modern Academy in Dubai were the UAE toppers with both scoring 99.25% in their Class 12 exams for Indian School Certificate (ISC) Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Class 12 students in the UAE received their ISC (Indian School Certificate) results on Sunday, with some achieving near-perfect scores.

In Dubai, GEMS Modern Academy students Pranieti Ahuja and Sahana Rahim topped their batch of 128 schoolmates – as well as all other pupils in the UAE – with 99.25 per cent each.

Keerthana Nair from JSS International School in Dubai achieved 98.8 per cent in the science stream.

Also in Dubai, Ambassador School topper Daksh Singhvi from commerce stream scored 98.25 per cent.

Ambassador School had the highest batch average of 91 percent, an “all-time high when compared with pre-pandemic times”. GEMS Modern Academy posted an average of 89.3 per cent while the average at JSS was 88.9 per cent.

Dream comes true

Pranieti told Gulf News her dream of becoming a topper has now come true. “Just aim high, set your goals and work hard. If you know what you want, then you will go for it,” she said. Pranieti will be pursuing Actuarial Science at University of Waterloo in Canada.

Sahana knew she had done well in her exams but described her near-perfect result as a pleasant surprise. “I did my best and put in the hard work. I made sure I also studied at home what was taught in class, so the study load would be lighter going into the exams. I also made sure I got a good night’s sleep,” she said. Sahana is set to study biological science at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Nargish Khambatta, Principal/CEO of GEMS Modern Academy and Vice President – Education at GEMS Education, said: “Grade 12 students juggled college applications, counsellor meetings, university interviews and entrance exams – before, during and after their exam on a particular day. The manner in which our students have balanced all these conflicting demands on their time and energy has been deeply inspirational, rightly earning them the title ‘Batch of Stoics’.”

‘There’s no short cut’

Keerthana from JSS International School advised taking notes in class to help with revision. “Just put in the effort, there’s no short cut to it. Of course, it’s a lot better also when you have a supportive system. You just have to pay attention in class,” she said. She plans to pursue a medical degree in India.

Keerthana with family
Keerthana with family Image Credit: Supplied

Lata Nakra, principal of JSS International School, said: “Overall, with a 100 per cent pass result for both ICSE [Class 10] and ISC, the results have been very rewarding and motivating. With a great team at work - student, parent, and teacher- students have always thrived and emerged in flying colours.”

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‘Maintain a balance’

At Ambassador School, Daksh said: “You have to work hard, maintain a balance between academics and sports and be consistent throughout the year. However, the past couple of years and the changed circumstances added to the schedule and planning. But ‘all is well that ends well’.”

Daksh with family
Daksh with family Image Credit: Supplied

Dr Sheela Menon, principal of Ambassador School, said: “Considering the times that we have been living in the past two years, the performance of each and every student is highly commendable. As a school, we have surpassed the school average of the pre-pandemic times.”