Dina Johnny (Dubai)
Next Tuesday, the end of the school year 2020-2021 exams will start in public and private schools that implement the Ministry’s curriculum, which will extend from July 8 to July 17.
The exams will be held remotely from home for students from the fourth to the eleventh, while all the students of the twelfth will be tested in person inside government schools, after a full academic year they spent in distance education.
Two weeks ago, the Emirates Education Foundation organized remote pilot tests, with the aim of avoiding any technical errors that might occur later, training students on the test environment and verifying the activation of their accounts and the efficiency of the system.
Emirates Education has developed a set of guidelines and advice for students and parents in preparation for the exams from the psychological and practical aspects, to alleviate the fear of exams and the psychological pressure that the family as a whole may face during this period of the school year.
While psychologists and social specialists who shared their views with the “Union”, considered that this week the students are returning to their natural environment and the original place of learning, and that taking the exams at the end of the school year is the best farewell to their colleagues, teachers and their memories that spanned for years inside the school, before they had to leave it fortress. Because of the Corona pandemic.
The Emirates Foundation for School Education confirmed, in press statements, that internal technical teams will be available in all government schools to deal with any emergency that may occur with students during the examinations remotely from home, or from school. She pointed out that the state leadership has invested in the technical infrastructure in the education sector, to ensure the continuity of education efficiently and effectively for all learners and in various regions, noting that the technical cadres in the schools are trained and ready to overcome any obstacles that the student or the school may face.
As the authority responsible for managing and operating public schools in the country, she stressed that all the teams working in the institution are working with all their energy to provide all the necessary support for students, whether technical, technical or academic, to ensure that they pass the exams without any obstacles. Submit any student for the test at the time. There will be make-up exams from June 20 to 24, targeting students who were unable to take the exam for technical reasons or because of a justified absence.
Emirates Education has developed a set of advice on the psychological and financial aspects for parents in preparation for the final exams, whether they are held remotely or in person.
And directed the guardian in the psychological aspect before the exam to be keen to direct his son to get enough hours of sleep and good memory with some supplications and verses to provide him with psychological calm, and the need to adhere to precautionary measures and communicate with the school administration in the event of any problem that hinders the performance of the exam, and to stay away from Everything that the student worries about before the exam, supporting him in the positive aspects and motivating him, making sure of the exam dates for each subject, reviewing the exams schedule, providing a comfortable and appropriate environment for studying, confirming the student’s review of lessons, solving exercises in the platform and the textbook first hand, and measuring the student’s temperature before leaving From home, and not hesitate to inform the school immediately if the student mixes with any infected person.
On the physical or practical side, Emirates Education called on the guardian to provide healthy food rich in vitamins and proteins that supports activity and health, especially in the morning period, and to provide the appropriate place for the student to perform electronic exams remotely, and to examine the electronic device that the student uses to perform the exam and communicate With the technical team in the school if any defect occurred, ensuring that the student is familiar with the material in which he will be examined, and communicating with the school in the event of any question or inquiry regarding the educational content of the subject, the necessity of providing approved medical reports for students with chronic diseases, informing the school administration, and providing tools For children, which he needs to complete the exam and confirm not to share it with colleagues, alert to adhere to school uniform, provide the necessary precautions such as masks, gloves and sterilizer, and instruct children not to bring personal devices, such as mobile phones and headphones in case he comes to school to take the exam.
The social worker, Hiyam Abdel Karim Saleh, said that the twelfth exams are accompanied by tension, as it is a transitional stage for students and affects their academic and professional future, in addition to the pressure exerted by parents for students to obtain high grades to enter prestigious universities. She pointed out that the best thing that schools do is awareness-raising sessions that support parents and students to reduce tension and be able to enter the exam and finish it calmly.
Banan Farhan and Alaa Nabil, the two psychologists, explained that the distinguished reception after a long absence from school would make a difference with the students in terms of psychological and emotional support on the first day of the exam, and they emphasized that continuous communication before the exam and broadcasting short videos and direct supportive sessions in an interesting and attractive way away from the method of preaching And public speaking, would relieve students’ anxiety and tension throughout the exam days. They pointed out that the daily positive messages are a dose of enthusiasm and hope for a successful academic year and a promising future for students.
The Emirates Foundation for School Education has approved the updated version of the state school readiness guide, the exams for the end of the third semester 2020-2021, and the schedule for holding exams. The guide identified a number of guidelines aimed at students and parents in order to create the appropriate environment for holding exams and to ensure that they are conducted smoothly, away from any obstacles, in a way that also achieves maximum readiness for all components of the educational community to implement exams in line with the plans of the Emirates Foundation for School Education, which worked to take into account the current conditions. that the educational system is going through without compromising the quality of its educational output.
The updated guide, which simulates all academic levels for students, reflects the institution’s keenness to provide the best ingredients to prepare the educational field for the end-of-school exam 2020-2021 and to take into account the circumstances surrounding students, parents and cadres in the educational field, in order to ensure full cooperation from all elements of the educational process to hold exams in accordance with best practices. Educational practice in the matter of education. According to the guide, exams will start on June 8 for students in grades 4-12 and will continue until June 17.
The guide indicated that students from grades one to three do not have exams for the end of the third semester, and their evaluation depends on what the students have achieved in the school formative assessment work. As for the subjects of Group B for all students, there are no exams for them at the end of the third semester, but rather a statement For tasks and projects to be delivered from May 30 to 06/03/2021.
A perfect opportunity to say goodbye to school, real, not virtual
Regarding the impact of students’ absence for an entire academic year from school seats on their performance in the end-of-year exam, which will be in attendance, Dr. Ahmed Eid, Head of the Psychological and Educational Counseling Department in a private school, said that on the eighth of June, students will return to their natural environment and the original place of learning, and thus The performance of the exam inside schools this year acquires an emotional significance after the absence of two academic years for public school students from school classes.
He said that the expected difficulties relate first to the fear of the exam, which is a natural feeling that accompanies all students at this stage of study. But it can also be said that remote study may have made students feel more comfortable performing the tests from home, especially that they can act quickly if they encounter difficulty, by obtaining the support of the parent or fellow students, any other means of assistance. But on the other hand, Dr. Eid that the Emirates Education Foundation has made it easier for students when it adopted electronic examinations, and therefore it adopted what students used to practice during that long period, i.e. studying on a smart board or computer, and the percentage of handwriting decreased. He pointed out that conducting exams from within the school makes all students equal in terms of technical support and the availability of equipment.
He considered that the good reception by the school administration and the educational staff of the students on the first day of the exam, undoubtedly contributes to alleviating them, reassuring them, and bringing happiness to their hearts to meet friends, pointing out that students should consider the final exam an ideal opportunity to bid farewell to the school, real and not virtual.
Yasmine Rahal, a special education specialist, said that the students of determination will be tested within special committees, with an integrated multidisciplinary team dedicated to supporting them and their parents in everything they need before and during the examination. She stressed that the admission of students to the special committees is only after submitting the supporting medical files, and obtaining written approval from the guardian. She pointed out that the directives of the Ministry of Education regarding the exams for people of determination are clear in terms of setting appropriate plans and preparing exams in a manner that suits each group of students separately.
12th class exam schedule
12th grade students in all tracks “general, advanced, elite and applied” begin their exams on Tuesday 08/06 with Islamic education, then social studies on Wednesday 06/09 for all tracks as well, then (chemistry / biology) on Thursday for the general track, then mathematics Sunday is a general track, Arabic is Monday for the general track, English is Tuesday, then physics, and finally, health sciences is for the general track. As for the advanced track, they take the chemistry exam on Thursday, then mathematics, then Arabic, then English, then physics, and then health sciences for the advanced track. Regarding the elite track, they take the chemistry exam on Thursday, then mathematics on Sunday, then Arabic language on Monday, English on Tuesday, and physics on Wednesday, and they conclude the exams with biology on Thursday 06/17. As for the students of the 12th grade applied, they continue their exams schedule, so that they take the applied science exam on Thursday 6/10, followed by the math exam on Sunday, then the Arabic language, and they end their exams on 06/15/2021 with the English language.
People of determination
With regard to students of determination who follow an individual educational plan – “Curriculum Adjustment”, the Foundation stated that they will be evaluated by the subject teacher in coordination with the special education teacher in the school, so that the exam is prepared according to the individual educational plan, as for students of determination who follow an individual educational plan. Harmonization / Adaptation”, so they are subject to the same electronic exam prepared for the rest of the students.
The Emirates Foundation for School Education has developed a plan for the make-up exams for students who were unable to enter the exam platform due to a technical defect or due to an unjustified absence, as it is scheduled to start on Sunday, June 20 until June 24, for students from grades 4-12, while the re- and improvement exams for grade students begin 12 In the second week of July, according to the time plan, and the institution will announce the results during the first week of July.