Dubai - Some UAE students are anxious, while others are relaxed but all of them are looking forward to seeing their grades.
Hundreds of students in the UAE, as well as their parents, are eagerly waiting for their A-level results, which are set to be released on August 13. This year's results would be different as exams had been cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic. To determine grades, a statistical model was used instead, as announced by the exam watchdog Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). The new model took into account a number of factors, including pupils' attainment, schools' previous performance, and the predicted grades that teachers submitted in March.
Some UAE students are anxious, while others are relaxed but all of them are looking forward to seeing their grades.
Madhulika Chatterjee, whose son Neil is a Year 13 student of Jumeirah College, said: "After the Cambridge board results, which were mostly unfavourable for students, my son has been quite tense. There is too much of uncertainty and even as parents we are quite worried. We don't know what to expect.
"Either we'll be happy or we'll have to scramble a lot and look at other university or fallback options."
An Indian mother, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "We are keeping an open mind at the moment. We are British citizens and, obviously, my son wishes to go to the UK. These grades are based on an algorithm, children didn't even sit for the exams. If there is too much of a departure in results from what we are expecting, then worst-case scenario, he'll have to take a gap year."
Another parent, Amna Lakhani, said: "For my son, the results are not a big deal as he will go to the US and not the UK. There, the selection criterion is very different. The focus is more on the SAT score and extracurricular. Based on that, my son Umer has already received calls even from Ivy League colleges. Unless there is a huge variation in the grades, his plans of going to the university of his choice shouldn't be hampered."