Lujayne Rashid proudly shows her degree as she celebrates the occasion with a group picture with her family.
Imran Mojib, Special Correspondent
Over 2,200 students from the UAE received their International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP) results on Monday, marking an increase compared to last year’s candidate numbers.
This year, the UAE’s average DP score surpassed the global average at 32.80, with a pass rate of 93.77%.
Globally, this year’s student cohort achieved an average DP score of 29.90 points (of a possible 45). This highlights the consistency of the global DP pass rate, which remains stable as the community of IB students continues to grow.
Dr Siva Kumari, Director General at the International Baccalaureate, said, “An IB education has always been about more than results and, this year, students have had to deal with a level of global disruption that has never been experienced before.
Following the cancellation of the May 2020 examinations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IB made a commitment that its students would receive their results in July, and they would receive a grade at subject level and be awarded the Diploma or Certificate. In order to achieve this, IB World Schools were asked to upload all internal assessment work and predicted grades. This meant that every enrolled DP and CP student who would have taken the May 2020 examinations and has completed all elements of the programmes’ core elements, has been issued with a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work.
Repton School Dubai celebrated top marks achieved by its students in this year’s International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations, with nearly a quarter of its students achieving over 40 points. At Repton School Dubai, all pupils were entered for either the IBDP or IBCP programme, demonstrating the support afforded to every individual as they strive to achieve their best.
Repton students have reached formidable point scores and will attend the most prestigious of universities. This year’s prefect team have set a superb standard for their peers and led by example.
Head Girl, Jeanne Semple attained 44 points - a new record for Repton Dubai - and fewer than 1% of students worldwide achieving this score. Semple will read Law at London School of Economics (LS). Head Boy, Abdulla Al Shirawi has secured an offer to read Physics at Stanford University. Christian Holland, Deputy Head Boy, attained 42 points and will read German and Arabic at St Andrews, while Deputy Head Girl, Michelle Elliot will travel to Cardiff University to read Biomedical Sciences.
Raffles World Academy (RWA) staff and students were thrilled with the graduating Class of 2020’s performance at this year’s IB Diploma Programme. The top performing students are Aya Abu Ahmad, Dana Abu Alfailat and Jana El Khatib, with 41 points each.
Ninety one candidates were registered for the DP in the May 2020 examinations session, RWA’s largest cohort taking DP examinations to date. Seven scored more than 40; with 40% of RWA’s students attaining 36 points or higher in the DP - an increase of 9% since the May 2019 session. In addition, 87% of the class of 2020 attained total scores of 30 points or higher. This is up 8% from last year.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding their last semester of high school, these young students took it all in their stride and their results are testament to their resilience and determination.
Al Bateen Academy, Abu Dhabi, celebrated a 96 per cent pass rate - its highest since 2017, with the 32 points average score attained by its International Baccalaureate students again ranking well above the global average for the past five years.
Lujayne Rashid, an 18-year-old Canadian student at Al Bateen Academy, surprised everyone with her outstanding performance as she was forced to take six months out of her International Baccalaureate studies due to illness is celebrating today after overcoming adversity to secure 35 points in her exams, significantly above the global average.
Following the exam results triumph, Lujayne is looking forward to starting her major in tourism and hospitality at European International College in Abu Dhabi in September.
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The Ministry of Education has mandated a no-homework policy across public schools in the UAE.
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All residents are advised to conduct a CIVID-19 PCR test before flying to the UAE.
The SPEA said if parents are reluctant to send kids to the schools in the first phase of reopening, they can choose the distance learning option.
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