Top scorers have said they would’ve preferred to write the examinations instead of being graded on predicted scores as it would give ‘all pupils a fair advantage’.
Thousands of nervous British curriculum pupils in the UAE have begun receiving their General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examination results on Thursday morning, amid several rounds of exam chaos.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, students could not physically sit for the examinations this academic year. Instead, they were graded based on their performances in mock examinations and predicted grades presented by the teachers to the board, after a flawed algorithm was scrapped in a series of U-turns.
Several students who began receiving their results since early this morning told Khaleej Times they are happy with the results. However, top scorers in the UAE have said they would’ve preferred to write the examinations instead of being graded on predicted scores as it would give ‘all pupils a fair advantage’.
Heads of schools in the UAE have said they are “incredibly proud of their students” for their excellent performances amid the ‘unprecedented crisis’.
Simon Jodrell?, the principal of Dubai British School Emirates Hills said the school witnessed another hugely successful set of GSCE results with 668 examination entries, taken by 69 students. “Forty-one per cent of students achieved A* – A (9-8) grades, with 83 per cent of all grades being inclusive of A* – B (9-6) and a 100 per cent pass rate overall,” he said.
“At DBSH we are delighted to celebrate the hard work, effort and achievement of our GCSE Class 2020, and we are incredibly proud of each and every student. The unprecedented and uncertain circumstances faced in the past weeks have demonstrated their strength of resolve, character and resilience,”he said.
According to a press note from GEMS Education, students from 21 GEMS Education schools celebrated “a successful year of GCSE results on Thursday”. GEMS schools returned a record 2,700 students who took over 19,600 IGCSE/GCSEs. The statement said, “Across the GEMS network, more than 500 students achieved the highest grade 9. Of all grades across GEMS schools, 49 per cent attained grade 9 – 7 (A* – A) and 76 per cent were grade 9 – 5 (A* – B).”
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