Youngest person to sit for and pass O-Level Chemistry

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD boy, who sat for the O-Level Chemistry paper in Singapore, has been listed as the youngest person to have ever sat for and passed the subject, reported Utusan Malaysia.

Ainan Celeste Cawley sat for the examination on Jan 18 together with four other teenagers.

He is the eldest of three siblings and is of Malay-Irish parentage.

Mother Syahidah Osman Cawley said Ainan only began preparing for the examination on July 18.

Even when he was younger, Ainan enjoyed reading science books at the library. He would read and understand the subject matter before voicing his comments on it later, she said.

Valentine Muhammad Cawley, 39, expressed no surprise over his sons interest in the subject.

Ainan also browses the Internet,’’ he said, adding that Ainan planned to sit for the A-Level examination.

The daily also reported about a 98-year-old grandmothers ability to speak five different languages.

Baling resident Yhaw Said, who has never been to school, speaks English, Chinese, Tamil, Thai and Japanese fluently.

She claimed that she learnt the languages by mixing with those who spoke them.

I learnt the languages from friends and my employers, she said.

She had worked as a rubber-tapper and a cook.