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26 February 2024

Dubai school students to test, grade parents

By Shuchita Kapur

A new initiative promoted by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai has brought about some role reversal.

For the first time, parents will have to sit exams and they can expect their children to check their answers and even grade them.

This initiative, called Test4Good, is being run by schools and students in Dubai from today until the April 15. After this, an awards ceremony will be held in May.

This initiative “gives parents the opportunity to revisit their school days by taking a test that is invigilated and marked by students. It’s a fun way for parents and children to learn from each other while raising money for a good cause,” says the website .

Just to prepare adults to be better equipped at handling the exam pressure, the website has some test papers for a bit of preparation.

Various papers on financial literacy, maths and science can be taken as a sample test for a brush up and to impress your child with a better score when he/she eventually sits down to check your answers.

Parents who want to go ahead with taking the tests should get in touch with their child’s school. You will have 20 minutes to complete the test and it’s advised that you reach the venue at least 10 minutes before the start time.

The test will be marked immediately by students after you finish taking it. You can then take it home and encourage your family and friends to also participate in it. Parents need not worry about bad scores and how their peers might react to it – your results will not be made public so you can go ahead without the fear of getting poor grades.

This initiative aims to increase the involvement of the parents in their children’s education. Besides, it’s also a good cause. All donations from Test4Good will go to Dubai Autism Centre.