Senegal: Macky Sall salutes the performance of the twins who graduated at 13 years old

Their father fought to get them to skip grades in school, and two Senegalese twins achieved notoriety in their country by passing their high school diploma at the age of 13.
Such a success at this age is unheard of in Senegal. The record was held since 2019 by a 14-year-old student. Previously, it was necessary to be at least 17 years old to pass the tests, according to the national office of the Bac.
Aminata and Rama Diaw, born on October 8, 2007, have just obtained their diploma in Yeumbeul, a popular suburb of Dakar, in their high school, known as an institution of excellence. In the same class, they passed in the first round in a scientific series, with life sciences of the earth as a dominant. “We were stressed. We had to succeed for our family, especially our father who did everything” to get them to this point, Aminata explains shyly.
The latter, a retired civil administrator, claims to have “realized that they had a precocious intelligence”. He made them skip classes and give lessons at home. The new graduates say they are waiting for the results of the entrance exam to a renowned polytechnic school in Thiès (west) so that they can study civil engineering, like their father. The Senegalese government offered them a scholarship to study in a preparatory class abroad, but their father said he declined, citing their young age and the precedent of Diary Sow.
President Macky Sall praised the performance of the baccalaureate twins on Tuesday in Dakar during a ceremony to reward the best students in Senegal, where they were his “special guests”.

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