Two ten-year-old computer whizzkids have become the youngest students in the country to pass a GCSE-equivalent diploma that is normally studied at high school.
Luton primary school pupils Salahudeen Kamran, of Kingsway, and Jason Hall, of Halfway Avenue, achieved a distinction - the highest grade - in Level 1 National Award Information Communications Technology (ICT).
The award is equivalent to one GCSE and is usually done by 14- 16 year olds.
Both youngsters studied for the qualification at Emperia College, a private college in Leagrave Road, and they have already begun studying for the Level 2 National Award.
Clifton Hall, Jason’s father, said: “We are very proud of him. He’s always been motivated by ICT stuff since he was a kid and he is always on the computer. The teachers said it’s amazing how fast he can grasp the information they teach him.
“He’s given an ICT presentation at school in the past and he even beat his teachers in a typing contest.”
Jason added: “I am really proud of myself. I’m into Apple stuff and I like computers. I want to work for Microsoft and also create games.”
Salahudeen’s mother, Sarah, said: “He loves IT and is really into computers like most kids his age. I’m very proud of him.
“I didn't need to push him because he is already eager to do the next level.
“He is good friends with Jason and they support each other. They are so determined to do well and they never gave up."
A spokeswoman for examination board Oxford Cambridge and RSA (OCR) said: “Many congratulations to Salahudeen and Jason for their fantastic achievement.
“They’re the youngest candidates we have ever had to gain an OCR Level 1 National First qualification in ICT - and to get a distinction is amazing.
“They deserve this recognition and we hope it helps them to carry on developing their talents.”
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