Seven-year-old gets B grade in computer science GCSE

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Seven-year-old gets B grade in computer science GCSE

Rebecca Thomson

Seven-year-old Ishan Baig is already on his way to becoming a technology expert, but at the moment he has different ideas.

The youngster from Middlesex has just received a B grade in his computer science GCSE, but has already decided he wants to be Prime Minister or a premiere league footballer.

He started the IT course when he was five and has been learning the material at Saturday classes.

His mum, Reshma, a management consultant, said she thinks he got interested in IT after seeing her and her husband working on the computer.

"He has always seemed interested in it from a young age, so we thought we would enrol him in computer classes. The teaching centre suggested we put him forward for the exam," she said.

Despite a few misgivings, Reshma let Ishan go in for the exam because he seemed so enthusiastic.

"We were kind of hoping he would give it up, but he was so keen and he didn't find it stressful," she said.

It was the creative side of the work that appealed to Ishan, she said. Much of the GCSE was coursework-based, and before he started the classes he used the computer to draw pictures or do PowerPoint presentations on David Beckham.

"The computer gave him a tool he could use to be as creative as he wanted," Reshma said.

"He is very motivated and is happy to sit down and do his work."

Ishan has said he would like to do an A-level next, but his parents are less keen.

Reshma said, "He wants to go on a course to learn how to be Prime Minister, but I'm not sure we will pursue any more academic qualifications any time soon."

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