Ten-year-old maths whizz starts University

By Drum Digital
24 February 2015

A mini maths whizz kid is the youngest university student after starting a degree at the tender age of 10.

Esther Okade from Walsall, in the United Kingdom (UK), has enrolled for an Open University course and wants to study for a PhD before running her own bank.

Her younger brother, Isiah, is already studying for his A-levels (equivalent to Grade 10) – he’s only six years old.

The siblings are both home-schooled by their mother, Omonefe, who has converted the living room of their semi-detached, three-bedroom English house into a makeshift classroom.

The mini mathematician’s mom said, “Esther is doing so well. She took a test recently and scored 100 %. Applying to the university was an interesting process because of her age.

“We even had to talk to the Vice Chancellor. After they interviewed her they realised that this has been her idea from the beginning. From the age of seven Esther has wanted to go to university.”

Esther is already nailing the tough subject – scoring 100 % in a recent test.

But Esther’s not the first bright spark to register for a degree at such an early age.

In 1981 Ruth Lawrence from Brighton, also in the UK, was the youngest person to pass the interview entrance exam in mathematics for Oxford University. She was 10 years old and graduated at 13 with a first-class degree in maths.

Now aged 43 and a married mother-of-two, Ruth is an associate professor of maths at the Einstein Institute of Mathematics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel.

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