The result for Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) examinations was been announced late on Thursday evening. Over 80 percent of the students, who appeared for the grade 12 exam held under UAE Ministry of Education curriculum, have passed with good grades. Thanks to Adec’s recently introduced science focussed curriculum and the efforts put in by the teachers.

Expatriate excel

The excellent results of the top scorers of the exam needless to say brought tremendous joy to their family and educators. Amongst the toppers were Qatarun Nada School’s Raudha Ayman and Al Ibtikar School’s Mohammad Ramadan, both Egyptian nationals, while Briton’s Malek Ayman Othman of Al Ma’had Al Islami School, ranked first, second and third respectively.

“My friend informed me that the results were out, and when I checked, I was delighted to find out that I had achieved 99.3 per cent,” Taif Al Ameri, told the Gulf News. Ameri, 18, a student of Al Mawaheb School is the Emirati top-scorer.

Adec’s Change in curriculum tastes success

Congratulating students for their excellent results, Dr Ali Al Nuaimi, director-general at the Adec, maintained that the hard work put in by the teachers did yield result. Speaking to Gulf News, he said, “Today sees the results of the first batch of students who were taught under the new sciences-focused curriculum for high school. This is just the beginning of their long journey towards [success].”

In 2015, Adec had introduced a science-focused high school curriculum, which made students devote 50 percent of their school time to study science. Earlier, students had the option to opt for Science or Arts stream.

Long study hours and teachers the key

The achievers too admitted that the long hours spent in school did help. Malek, one of the top scorers maintained that not missing out on school lesson and making daily study a routine affair was what helped her score big. She added that her teachers had created Whatsapp groups, which were very helpful for her.

Interestingly, out of the 10 top-scoring students, seven are from Al Dhafra Region, while three from Al Ain and all are expatriates. On the other hand 12 of the Emirati high scorers, live in Al Ain, while seven from the capital city and only one hails from Al Dhafra.

Science calling

Interestingly, most of the top scorers want to pursue a career in scientific research. For instance, Al Ameri is pinning her hope to pursue a career in nuclear engineering. While Saeed Al Kaabi, the highest-scoring Emirati male has his eyes set on neurology.

According to Adec, around 14,672 students were enrolled for the Grade 12 examination this year. However, data related to the number of students who appeared for the examination is yet to be made available by Adec.