UAE ICSE tops elated after passing with flying colors in new format for Grade 10 exams
UAE students have passed the 2022 Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) Year 10 exams with flying colors despite the new mode of conducting exams in 2 semesters.
Sahasra Buddharaju from JSS International School (JSSIS) and Ahan Mishra from GEMS Modern Academy (GMA) were the best in the UAE with 99.4%.
Sahasra Buddharaju from JSSIS, who got 3 cents in 5 subjects, said she was not always the top student in the class. “I started to feel a bit competitive when I saw so many people doing better than me,” she said. “So I slowly built my game up to it over the last two years. From the start of this year I knew I wanted to be the best. So I doubled down and studied every time I I did a lot of practice tests and revisions and took detailed notes in all my classes. I studied at least 6 hours a day.
The art lover aims to become an interior design specialist. “Art was my way of relaxing and I hope to make it my job. I don’t have a dream college, but I hope to study in Australia or UK. In five years, I hope to go to a good university and have fun with it.
The 15-year-old’s brother has just completed Standard 12 from the same school. “I hope my results will be better than his,” she laughed.
GMA’s Ahan Mishra, who celebrated his achievement with a dinner with his parents, said he was delighted with his results. “I had in mind that I wanted to do well, so I worked really hard,” he said. “I’m glad to see it paid off.”
However, the 16-year-old has strived to have a very balanced lifestyle throughout the year. “I played basketball and was on the school team,” he said. “I also took piano lessons. I occasionally participated in cricket and badminton. I also played video games with my friends when I could. Art was a great way for me to de-stress. Whenever I got upset, I opened my book and drew something.
The youngster made it a point to study at least 2-3 hours a day. “I didn’t study too long, but when I was studying I was completely focused,” he said. “It has come a long way. Science was the easiest subject for me. Languages have never been my forte, so I struggled a bit with French. My ambition is to go into medicine. I have dream universities in UK. My next goal is to get in there.
This year, ICSE followed a new format of dividing the academic session into two semesters, with approximately 50% of the curriculum covered each semester.
“The Council’s two-semester exams with different formats in November and March have created a challenge for our students and teachers,” said Nargish Khambatta, Director/CEO of GEMS Modern Academy, Vice President – Education at GEMS Education and Head from CISCE, UAE. .
She added, “No sooner had the students prepared and appeared for the first semester exams than they had to quickly recalibrate for the second set of exams. Once again, our students have inspired us with their transformative ability to adapt to change, stoic. resilience and laser sharpness for board exams.
A total of 252 students sat for the GEMS Modern Academy Grade 10 ICSE exam, with a batch average of 91.6%, surpassing that achieved in pre-pandemic years.
“We are absolutely delighted with the result. The hard work and dedication of our always supportive management, teachers, parents and students has paid off as always,” said Ms. Lata Nakra, Principal of JSS International School.
A total of 85 students sat for the JSS Grade 10 ICSE exam with a batch average of 90.8%.
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