ABU DHABI // Consistent studying and assistance from teachers to resolve tough questions helped Grade 12 students shine, with 80 per cent passing the Abu Dhabi Education Council examinations.
Raudha Ayman, from Qatarun Nada School, and Mohammed Ramadan, from Al Ibtikar School – both Egyptian nationals – and Briton Malek Ayman Othman, from Al Ma’had Al Islami school, placed first, second and third, respectively, in the general category of all Adec schools in results announced on Thursday.
“I followed a very simple way of not missing lessons and studying everyday without fail,” said Al Ain resident Malek, 17, who scored 99.7 per cent and plans to study medicine at Mohammed bin Rashid University.
“I spent eight hours on studies each day. My teachers were very helpful through WhatsApp messages and my brother helped me in physics and maths.”
Ali Al Nuaimi, Adec’s director general, congratulated students for their performance in the 2016-17 Grade 12 examinations and praised the teaching staff for their hard work.
“Future challenges are big in the economic sector and the job market requires strategic educational changes,” he said.
“Our children are a great responsibility and we must prepare them so that they can be confident for a better future.”
Among female Emiratis, Taif Al Ameri, 18, from Al Mawahib school, was first with 99.3 per cent, followed by Mazin Ali, from Ba’ya school, with 99.2 per cent, and Afraa Al Saadi from Al Mawahib with 99.2 per cent.
“I can’t count the hours each day I worked. When confused I always asked my teachers who never cared whether my question was silly,” said Taif who plans to study mechanical engineering at Khalifa University and pursue a masters in nuclear energy.
In the Emirati male category, Saeed Abdullah Al Kaabi from Al Dahmaa school in Al Ain topped with 99.1 per cent, followed by Khalifa Mohammed Omar and Yousuf Ali Al Saad from Al Ittihad school in Al Bateen, with 99.1 per cent and 98.9 per cent, respectively.
Saeed, 18, aims to study medicine in Ireland.
“I received lots of support from my teachers and parents. In times of confusion, they resolved all my queries,” he said.
Khalifa, 17, who placed second planned to study aerospace engineering in Maryland, US.
“I want to contribute to the nation building process of the country. I love learning and always worked hard to stand ahead,” he said.
“My parents’ roles was key. Never did they miss a single school meeting and always supported me and my teachers.”
The second round examinations will take place between June 18 and 22 for students who failed in three subjects.
A third round will be held on December 10 for students who unable to appear earlier or those who failed in two subjects.