10 year old boy begin a degree programme at Malaysia university

So unbelievable, Ainan Celeste Cawley, aged 10, however, announced that he would begin an American degree programme at Malaysia university.

A Singaporean child prodigy who passed the GCE O-level chemistry paper at age 7 has moved to Malaysia for higher education because his homeland is too rigid to accommodate gifted children, his father says. At 9, he completed his O-level physics and A-level chemistry.

However, his Irish father, Valentine Cawley, said the Singapore Government was inflexible and failed to support his son's needs to ensure his intellectual growth.

Ainan attended primary school for three years and was "bored silly", Cawley said.

In an emailed response to AP, Singapore's Education Ministry said it had sought to work with Ainan's parents to develop him "holistically to become a successful adult".

It said the ministry designed an individualised education plan to help Ainan excel. Cawley said the plan was useless because it did not allow his son to study subjects from higher grades.

"What they did instead was to ensure that he was bored to death with the normal curriculum. The standard school numbed his mind and put his brain to sleep on a daily basis," he said.

The ministry did not address Cawley's specific complaints that his request to have his son home-schooled was rejected and that it refused to give Ainan access to a chemistry laboratory.

"They didn't want to make exception for one child," Cawley said. The family contacted National Association of Gifted Children of Malaysia president Zuhairah Ali for advice.

With the help of the association, Cawley and his Singaporean Malay wife enrolled Ainan at the privately run HELP University College in Kuala Lumpur, to join 18-year-olds in a degree programme with computer science and chemistry options.

Cawley said they chose HELP because of its high standards and low costs, as well as the willingness of its senior staff to understand Ainan's unusual educational needs and to meet them.

"HELP is very flexible with which courses Ainan can take and so he is able to match his interests closely.

In September 2008, Ainan also set a world age record for memorising the value of pi, to 518 digits. He can recite pi - the number starting 3.14 that gives the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter - to 518 decimal places.

He also knows the periodic table by heart.

Via - New Straits Times

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