Confusion reigns over dates of uniform equivalency tests

DUBAI - More than 35 private schools have failed to suggest the dates for conducting the uniform equivalency examinations in the UAE as requested by the Dubai Educational Zone.

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Published: Mon 24 Feb 2003, 2:55 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 10:26 PM

Holding uniform tests in mainly three major subjects - Arabic, Social Studies and Islamic Education - will enable schools to equate the high-school certificates with the General Secondary Schools Examination Certificates.

Acting upon requests from parents and students, the zone had earlier invited private schools, following the Arabic curriculum or the Arabic-foreign combined curriculum, to come forward with suggestions on the most appropriate dates to hold the examinations.
"Until yesterday we have only received a feedback from two schools," sources said, clarifying that the zone had earlier fixed the examination date at the end of June, which was opposed by some schools.

"The conflict over dates had prompted us to invite schools to suggest dates suitable to them," the source said, stressing that schools should take into account the dates for the SAT examination, so that they do not conflict with the uniform equivalency tests.

The source, however, has suggested that the dates for the equivalency tests should be fixed between May 18 and 31, being the common end-of-season period for most private schools. As for students of private schools adopting the three-semester system, they can appear for two examinations during the above mentioned period, while other tests can be taken at a later stage.

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