GEMS schools honoured by the UAE Supreme Education Council for outstanding PISA and TIMSS results

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Published April 20th, 2017 - 11:22 GMT
•	Results reflect government efforts to enhance UAE’s PISA and TIMSS ranking in reading, math and science outlined in the UAE National Agenda 2021.
• Results reflect government efforts to enhance UAE’s PISA and TIMSS ranking in reading, math and science outlined in the UAE National Agenda 2021.

His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, felicitated four GEMS Education schools for exceptional performance of their students in international assessments at an award ceremony organised by the Supreme Council of Education, UAE Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

The ceremony was held at Dubai Men’s College and attended by senior UAE Ministry of Education, KHDA (Knowledge and Human Development Authority) and ADEC (Abu Dhabi Education Council) officials.

The GEMS schools include Dubai American Academy, GEMS Modern Academy and Jumeirah College, who were honoured for being among the highest performing UAE schools in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2015 results. GEMS Wellington International School was also recognised for being the second highest scoring school next to Dubai College in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2015 results.

PISA is an international survey conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) every three years, which evaluates education systems worldwide by testing 15-year-old students in reading, mathematics and science. TIMSS – administered by The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement’s (IEA) –  assess grade 4 and 8 students and is designed to help countries improve student learning in mathematics and science.

Dino Varkey, Chief Executive Officer, GEMS Education, said: “The UAE National Agenda 2021 emphasises the improvement of PISA and TIMSS results for UAE schools. Our schools, while non-selective, are among the top in the UAE that are already achieving beyond the vision goals. This recognition reflects the dedication of our teachers, parents and students towards achieving the UAE Vision 2021 goals.”

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GEMS Education

In 1959, two teachers, KS Varkey and his wife Mariamma, arrived in Dubai. 

At the time, Dubai was a burgeoning trade centre on the Arabian Gulf. The Varkey family had left Kerala, India to seek a better life for their family. What they found was a real need to educate children arriving in the city from around the world.

Their son, Sunny, added a visionary’s ambition to a practitioner's experience. From simple roots in a family of teachers, GEMS Education, is today an international company with schools and education services across the Middle East. We still share the same mission - to provide a quality education to everyone.

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