Princess Sumaya nominated new chair of ABS board

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AMMAN— HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan has been nominated as chair of the board of trustees of the Amman Baccalaureate School (ABS) by the outgoing and founding chair, Princess Sarvath El Hassan.اضافة اعلان

Princess Sarvath founded the ABS in 1981 and has served as chair of the board for four decades. Princess Sumaya had previously served as deputy chair and as a member of the Parent-Teacher Association for many years, as well as being a former student and the parent of students at the school.

In her new role as chair, Princess Sumaya said that she celebrated the inspirational work of Princess Sarvath and the other founders and leaders of the school over the years as ABS continued to strive towards excellence in all it does, including the education it provides and the systems that deliver it.

“This year we mark the 40th anniversary of the founding of ABS, a milestone that gives us all an opportunity to take stock and to refocus on our evolving school for the future. It offers us a chance to review and renew our guiding statements,” Princess Sumaya said.

“ABS has come a long way since the founders set themselves the task of establishing an innovative and ground-breaking school in 1981. ABS quickly became a mold-breaker and innovator on the national, regional, and international levels, and we continue that tradition,” she added.

The school’s board of trustees and academic staff have worked closely over the years with the International Baccalaureate Organization Council of Foundation to develop, pilot and implement an IB syllabus for teaching history and culture of the Islamic world, and for teaching ‘A’ level Arabic. Today, as a result of their collective efforts, these two subject options are offered worldwide. 

“Today, we are delighted that despite the challenges posed by two greatly disturbed academic years, 2021’s IB Diploma results were outstanding,” Princess Sumaya said. “In line with other leading educational institutions and authorities around the world, we did not hold exams but awarded grades based on internal assessment and extended essays.” ABS scored a 100 percent pass rate, with 35 students scoring 40.

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