Straight A student

Malala earns top grades on her school exams

Todd Heisler/The New York Times

It probably won’t surprise anyone that Malala Yousafzai, the relentless campaigner for girls’ education and youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner ever, is doing rather well with her own schoolwork. Still, the results are impressive for the 18-year old activist, who is attending a private girls’ school in Birmingham, and has scaled down her public appearances to focus on her own studies. This definitely paid off. On her GCSE’s (British qualification exams taken after secondary school) Malala received 6 A’s (the highest grade) and 4 A’s. She scored particularly well in the sciences, as well as religious studies. Her proud father, Ziauddin Yousafzai tweeted out the results today, calling for “education for every child”.

Several Pakistani media and notables joined in singing her praise for those excellent results, with the Express Tribune writing that she “continues to make Pakistan proud.” Previously, Malala had already indicated that she wants to stay in the U.K. to complete her education. “I want to get my education – a good university education,” she has said. “A lot of the politicians have studied in Oxford, like Benazir [Bhutto, who Malala states is her role model]. My dream is to empower myself with education, and then it is a weapon.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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