Benin’s brainy 11-year-old passes school-leaver exams 7 years early

Peace Delaly Nicoue, the youngest person to sit the Baccalaureate exam in Benin this year, has passed with top grades.

The shy 11-year-old told BBC Afrique he was “happy and relieved” to achieve 17 out of 20 in Maths because he plans to study economics at university.

While most students sit the Baccalaureate exams at the age of 18, Peace was given special permission by the government to take the assessment seven years early.

His schoolteacher father, Parfait Afoutou Nicoue, says Peace showed early signs of promise:

When he was four years old he could write in perfect French and English without making mistakes.”

Peace’s next goal is to continue his studies in an English-speaking country.

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