UAE’s British schools surpass UK counterparts
Dubai, August 23, 2012
GCSE/IGCSE students at GEMS British curriculum schools in Dubai and Abu Dhabi have achieved results that are 20 percentage points higher than the average student in England, a report said.
The number of students failing the GCSE English exams has also increased this year, according to this year’s analysis of the GCSE/IGCSE examinations.
In the A-Level examinations, 56 per cent of GEMS students in Dubai and Abu Dhabi received an A* to B which is 3 per cent higher than students in England. Ninety-eight per cent of students that wrote the A- Level examinations from across the GEMS network of schools in the UAE passed the examination with an A*-E grade.
With UK reports stating that for the first time in 20 years, A –Level top marks were at 26.6 per cent, which is down by at least 0.4 per cent from previous years, 28.7 per cent of Jumeirah College students obtained A*- A. This is about 2 per cent more than the A* - A marks received in the UK.
GEMS schools also continue to perform above the international averages in the International Baccalaureate for both average scores per student and the percentages of students passing the IB diploma, said Margaret Atack, group senior director – Education, GEMS Education.
The pass rate for GEMS schools is 9 per cent higher than the international pass rate.
At Dubai American Academy the average score per student in IB for 2012 is 7 points higher than international average points scored, she added.
“Once again GEMS schools have achieved results well above UK expectations. Our schools focus on the delivery of a quality education ensures that GEMS students gain access to university placements, internships or employment,” Atack said.
“The results confirm that this has been achieved. Students, parents and the business sector in Dubai can continue to have confidence that GEMS delivers an education that prepares our young people for on-going future success. We are delighted to acknowledge another highly successful year of exam outcomes across all GEMS schools.” – TradeArabia News Service