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A mini maths marvel has become one of the UK’s youngest university students after starting a degree at the tender age of ten.
Esther Okade, from Walsall, is finding time between playing with her dolls to study a maths degree with the Open University.
The numbers whizz became an undergraduate three weeks ago and is already nailing the subject – scoring 100 percent on a recent test.
The home-schooled youngster’s incredible grasp of calculations seemingly runs in the family as her six-year-old brother Isaiah is already taking an A-level in maths.
Eshter’s mother, Efe, who home schools her, said: “She is doing so well. She took a test recently and scored 100 per cent.”
The primary-age pupil completed months of tests and interviews before being accepted on to the course.
She aims to get a First Class honours degree in two years and is already setting her sights on a PHD.
Eventually Eshter, who loves watching Disney hit Frozen when she’s not studying, wants to run her own bank.
Efe said applying to the university was “an interesting process because of her age.”
She said: “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. But I was afraid it was too soon.
“She would say, ‘Mum, when am I starting?’, and go on and on and on.
“Finally, after three years she told me, ‘Mum I think it is about time I started university now.”
Esther applied in August, and after a phone interview, an essay and a maths exam, she finally got the news in December that she had been accepted onto the course.
“She was flying,” said Efe. “She was so happy.”
“She is doing so well. She took a test recently and scored 100 per cent.
“Esther talks about running her own bank one day,” added Efe. “She has a lot of plans, and talks a lot about finances.
“She says she wants to be a millionaire.
“Isaiah is following in his sister’s footsteps. He is doing Calculus and advanced algebra.
“Even when he was in my tummy Esther was already teaching him.”
Esther is among the youngest children to ever go to university in the UK.
In 1981 Ruth Lawrence, from Brighton, became the youngest person to pass the Oxford exam at 10 years old.
She graduated in 1985 at the age of 13 with a first class degree in Mathematics.
“We had heard about Ruth, but we felt that it would be better for Esther to do her course at home.
“Perhaps when she turns 18 she can go to university with her peers and get the most out of it.
“But for now we want her to enjoy her childhood as well as her maths.”