Determination Beats Adversity

Alia Majid Ebrahim Al Mutawa, who topped in the UAE and in the Science stream in the Grade 12 exams, with some of her medals and awards at her home in Dubai’s Nad Al Hammar district

Alia Majid Ebrahim Al Mutawa is inspired by her mother – a university student in UAE.

Alia Majid is one of two students who scored the highest 99.9 per cent in her Grade 12 exams,

Her father, an army officer she never knew, died when her mother was just three months pregnant with her. A homemaker, her 36-year-old mother Sajida Ali Al Jabri, raised Alia and her elder sister on their father’s pension.

The harsh realities of life, however, did not stop Alia from emerging the UAE topper in the Science stream. It instead inspired her to give her best, she says.

As the toppers of the public schools grade 12 exams were announced Sunday by the Ministry of Education, their home in Nad Al Hammar was filled with joy.

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