Thousands of Indian pupils across the UAE received their Central Board of Secondary Education exam results on Tuesday.
The results for class 10 pupils were announced at about 10.30am UAE time and have been published on the official websites of the Board at cbseresults.nic.in.
Pupils in the UAE did not sit summer exams this year after Indian authorities cancelled tests due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ambika Gulati, principal at The Millenium School Dubai, said she was happy with her school’s performance.
Pupils at the school received an average of 84.98 per cent, the same as last year.
This year, more children were able to score grades over 90.
“Last year was incredibly difficult for our pupils as they grappled with the pandemic and all the challenges it brought with it,” Ms Gulati said.
“We are immensely proud of each one of our pupils, who worked with grit, determination and perseverance to overcome the challenges.”
She said online classes were not easy. In the absence of examinations, children's school work and project work over the course of the year was assessed, with the historical performance of the school taken into account.
“Given the pandemic and the circumstances, the board has taken a fair view on how to assess and award marks,” said Ms Gulati.
“The board took an informed decision about how the marks have to be awarded.”
Harsh Nair, an Indian grade 10 pupil at the school, received a score of 99.4 per cent. The pupil was awarded a 98 in English, 99 in science, and 100 in mathematics, social sciences and French.
“I was very happy when I came to know my marks. I was with my mother and was super excited,” he said.
“My sister was in Australia and we were together on the call when we found out about the results.”
Harsh plans to study medicine in Australia.
“I worked really hard. I used to wake up very early and get ready for online classes,” he said.
A cohort of 238 pupils at Delhi Private School Dubai received an average score of 88.2 per cent.
"We are proud that our pupils, teachers and parents worked together to ensure a brilliant result in spite of the challenges of last year," said Rashmi Nandkeolyar, principal of the school.
"We are pleased that CBSE has worked with schools to determine a fair and timely result for pupils.”
At the school, more than 94 per cent of pupils achieved a distinction (75 per cent marks and higher).
Aishwarya Sundaram scored 98.8 per cent, the highest marks, followed by Srijana Pal with 98.6 per cent.
"When I came to know about my marks, I was delighted. I want to express my gratitude for the support and guidance provided by my principal and my teachers, despite the crisis due to the pandemic,” Aishwarya said.
"I am very happy to get the second rank in my school for the CBSE class 10 results. It is one of the best days in my life," Srijana said.
At The Indian High School, 642 pupils achieved a 100 per cent pass rate with 249 achieving an average of 90 per cent and above.
Also, 492 pupils scored 80 per cent and above.
"The result is a great relief and duly rewards the effort put in by teachers, pupils and parents,” said Punit MK Vasu, chief executive of The Indian High Group of Schools.
"We are incredibly proud of our pupils. Like every year, this year too, we had the largest number of pupils appearing for grade 10 exams in the UAE.
"Collectively as a cohort, our grade 10 pupils made astonishing progress and showed commendable determination and resilience in these difficult times.”
He said the situation has been constantly changing and there had been wide disparities between how standardised assessments were conducted in CBSE schools across the world and the formats in which they were conducted.
"Given this reality, it was fair to follow the benchmark of the best performance of the respective school in the board exams of the last three years,” he said.