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Nine-year-old makes record by passing O-Level exam

Updated Jan 25, 2014 04:20pm

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani student has made a new world record by passing the O-Level examination of the University of Cambridge at the age of nine years.

Rai Haris Manzoor of Rawalpindi was born on August 16, 2004. He passed the O-Level exam in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.

It may be mentioned that Rai Haris studied in a private school till 2012. Afterwards, his parents withdrew him from the school and taught him at home.

He completed the courses of seven classes in 17 months.

Rai Manzoor Nasir, the father of the student, told Dawn that the normal age for passing the O-Level exam was 17 to 18 years. It means that 14 years of schooling is needed to pass the exam.

“Haris also completed Nazra Quran and memorised Para No 30 of the holy book. His twin brother Rai Shabir is a student of class III,” he said.

Haris said he studied for hours every day to make the world record.

“I want to become a barrister London and am planning to do it from London in the next four years as three years are required to complete LLB (Hons) and one year to do Bar-at-Law,” he said.

Previously, the record of the youngest O-Level student was with Sitara Brooj Akbar of Chiniot in Punjab. She passed the exam at the age of 11.

Rai Manzoor, who is a government servant in Punjab, said after hearing the news about Sitara Akbar, he started teaching his son at home to enable him to make the world record.