In a first for any country in the world, education authorities in the UAE hosted a YouTube session on Tuesday to announce XIIth grade examination results and name the top performing students.
Education Minister, Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami addressed students via the UAE government’s official YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/uaegov), congratulating them, their parents, teachers and their schools for their accomplishments.
The UAE government has been at the forefront of using technology to serve people and the latest move is one of the many innovative ideas adopted by the Ministry of Education to reach out to students.
“Social media is very important for us and is popular among students,” Al Qattami said. “That’s the reason the UAE government decided to announce results via YouTube. This is the first time any country has done this.”
More than 37,000 students took part in the exam this year and those studying science did better than those studying arts. The pass rate was 89.4 per cent in the science stream and 67.8 per cent in the arts stream.
Emirati student Mariam Ali Ashour Murad topped in arts, obtaining 99.92 per cent, while Ahmed Abdul Razzaq Metwally Chahine from Egypt was placed first among science students with a score of 99.85 per cent. Al Qatami extended the ministry’s gratitude and appreciation to the UAE leadership for keeping education on top of their development agenda.
A total of 20 students from public schools made it to the list of top performing students in the science section, while 11 public school students were top performers in the arts section. The top performers included 19 girls and 12 boys.
The number of successful public schools increased by 91.4 per cent as compared to 88.1 per cent in private schools. The passing rate for adult education and home education was at 53.6 per cent and 27.8 per cent respectively.
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