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Home Schooled 10 Year Old, Esther Okade Accepted Into University To Study Maths.

Yesterday morning I was on the phone with my bestie who was sounding very frazzled and exasperated. What's the matter? I asked. So bestie has decided that till her 2 year old can start school after the election she's going to home school him. My bestie who's due to have another baby in a week or two was trying so hard to teach her son, who turned 2 just last week and is naturally very restless, how to count to 10 and say his ABCs. She said he must start reading perfectly by 4. What's the sudden fuss about? I asked. "Oh, you've not heard of the 10 year old girl that just got accepted into Uni? And she was home schooled o!". Quite frankly I didn't pay my friend any mind but I just stumbled on the little genius' story. 

Ten year old genius Esther Okade has been accepted to study for a university maths degree - despite not going to school. According to Mail Online Esther, from Walsall, West Midlands, has enrolled on an Open University course months after she passed her A-levels - and wants to study for a PhD before running her own bank. The girl, who gained a C grade in her maths GCSE aged six, has joined the course which started this month. Her younger brother Isiah is already studying for his A-levels - also aged six. 

Ten year old genius Esther Okade has been accepted to study for a university maths degree - despite not going to school. According to Mail Online Esther, from Walsall, West Midlands, has enrolled on an Open University course months after she passed her A-levels - and wants to study for a PhD before running her own bank. The girl, who gained a C grade in her maths GCSE aged six, has joined the course which started this month. Her younger brother Isiah is already studying for his A-levels - also aged six. 

She said: ‘For now we want her to enjoy her childhood as well as her maths. By the time she was four I had taught her the alphabet, her numbers, and how to add, subtract, multiply and division. ‘I saw that she loved patterns so developed a way of using that to teach her new things. I thought I would try her with algebra, and she loved it more than anything.’ Esther stunned her parents last year when she achieved a B grade in her pure maths A-level. She applied to the Open University last August - and after a phone interview, an essay and an exam, she was told in December that she had been accepted onto the course. 

Her father Paul, 42, a managing director, added: ‘I cannot tell you how happy and proud I am as a father. The desire of every parent is to see their children exceed them, and take the family name to great heights, and my children have done just that.’.

I've read a lot about children that are home schooled; an idea behind it is that (traditional) school limits a child's knowledge, stifles their creativity, stunts their intellectual growth and narrows their horizons. And there's also the question of how much we're taught in school we actually use in real life? You often hear adults say another day has passed and I've still not done a thing with algebra. I know home schooling isn't really recognized in Nigeria yet but what's your take on it? Would you rather your child be home schooled or are they better off in schools? And err, please before you decide to home school your child make sure you're not a dunce! Thank you. 


  1. In as much as I want my son to be the best in his education,I would not subject him to this kind of learning...I teach him by the laid down rules...My son is three and cant write his 1 to 10 perfectly,his a_k and am okay with it...But all the same all mallams to their kettle.....

  2. The kids are just gifted. Not crediting their geniusness to home schooling. Sorry.
    So if a parent has an extremely dull kid,who wld take the credit for it?

    1. GBAM!! That's the girls Gift (Talent). Not what her home schooling produced, it just aided it.

      My High school Teacher said Some are born geniuses while others are made!
      This babe was born one, if she were made, it will take a longer time.

      But as an aspiring mom & professional teacher, I won't subject my 10 years old daughter to any of this.
      Just be a baby girl kiddo!!!

  3. I heard this on the news this morning n I was like wow but like Ruthy n Sasha said,it's not the homeschooling, she is just born a genius which makes it easy for her. I wouldn't subject my child to such biko,at 10 and in the university??? I hope her brain would not go up in flames.

  4. The kid is just gifted,some people are born that way

  5. When i read this story on BN and LIB earlier in the week, the first thought i had was "why would anybody subject their 10yr old to a life of books and maths". Life is sure going to get more complicated as you grow, why complicate the only uncomplicated part of your child's life with maths of all things. This is the time to play dress up and basically enjoy being a child, why the rush to grow up so fast?

    And like others have said, she's not a genius because she was home schooled. It might have contributed in some way but its not entirely responsible.

    1. Lmaoo! What's wrong with maths? Smh! That's like the most interesting subject to "complicate" a child's life with. Lol. I'm actually very impressed.

    2. I read she has a normal life. As in, she plays with dolls and all.

    3. No, dont get me wrong, math might be interesting.. blah blah.. and i am awed at her accomplishment at her age cos even now,me and maths aren't paddies so i know its not beans. Her parents tho.. *shrugs* I just dont think a university is what's best for a 10yr old. And, there's nothing normal about a 10yr old in uni, nothing!

  6. But how sure are we that this child(ren), feel 'subjected' to books? They just might have been enjoying the classes.
    Notice the mum said she develops patterns to teach the girl, as she likes patterns.

    I was, at a tender age introduced to books. 'serious' books for my age then. I very much enjoyed a set of these books; Esther is a genius with maths, this explains why I don't see it as a terrible thing.

    And hopefully, the parents have a balance with other activities.

  7. I hate maths...I no sabi am.... so a 10 yr old doing well at it...I am very impressed...she seems very happy though so lets just rejoice with them that are for the home schooling, I have never given it a thought and i doubt if I can do it, I am too restless.....but who knows...but as I talk now...i no sure...#JoyDaNuGirl

  8. You guys make it sound like the girl 'suffered' to learn d maths. Mba! It's just something she has an affinity for. I read Things Fall Apart at age 6, cos my mom noticed n nurtured my love for books n my reading level was certainly not developed by school! I say note what ur child has an affinity for n develop it as much as you can, before, during or after school, doesn't matter when. It's easier for kids to learn new skills at a younger age tho, so earlier is always better

  9. The kid is really gifted. I don't think it's a matter of education pattern, whether home school or not. It has to do wt d individual child bcos kids learn new skills better n faster at young age.

  10. The child is gifted and was in the right environment.
    It is important to know the type of child you have and work accordingly, home school or traditional schooling it doesnt matter much.
    however i would pick a traditional school any day over home schooling, children need to learn social interaction.

    No one should shove abcs or 123's down a childs throat, make learning a part of social life even before your child is born and move along from there. And never compare your child to the next.


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