Dubai/Abu Dhabi: Some UAE schools on Monday announced record results for the International Baccalaureate (IB), 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, where the number of students receiving their results this year is 2,203, higher than last year’s candidate numbers.
UAE above average
The UAE’s average DP score surpassed the global average at 32.80, with a pass rate of 93.77 per cent.
Dr Siva Kumari, Director-General, International Baccalaureate, said, “I would like to share my heartfelt congratulations with all 2020 Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme graduates for their efforts over the last two years.”
Globally, 174,355 students received their International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP) results.
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, Aadit Palicha, from GEMS Modern Academy achieving the highest point score possible of 45.
Aadit said he was very pleased with his results. He secured admission to Stanford University in the US where he aims to study computer science.
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…”
At Taaleem, the results were “record breaking” across the group’s IB schools, said its CEO Alan Williamson.
“We are proud that in this year’s IB results we have achieved a 95 per cent pass rate across our schools; this is significantly better that the world average of around 78 per cent… I believe that this pass rate is the highest among comparable school groups in the UAE. A remarkable achievement for staff, students and parents, given the unprecedented challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic presented us all with,” he added.
“I am particularly proud of our Jumeirah Baccalaureate School that has achieved a remarkably consistent 100 per cent pass rate over the past six years. I look forward to congratulating all of our students, especially those that have achieved the ultimate pinnacle of a maximum 45 points; an achievement that very few attain globally or even dream of.”
Abeer Ladhani, a Taaleem student from Uptown International School who scored 45 points, said she was not expecting to score so high.
“I wasn’t too sure what was going to happen with our results, especially with the exams being cancelled. I’m very, very happy,” she added. Abeer plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in arts and science at University College London.
It was also year of record results for Repton School Dubai, where IBDP students scored an average of 34.4 points.
“I would like to commend our students for their hard work and commitment, which has come to fruition as evidenced by their stellar performance this year,” said David Cook, Headmaster, Repton School Dubai.
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 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 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...”
Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Academy is celebrating a 96 per cent pass rate – its highest since 2017, with the 32 points average score attained by its IB students again ranking well above the global average for the past five years. Fifteen per cent of all Al Bateen Academy’s students scored above 40 points, placing them in the top 5 per cent of IB students globally.