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Senegalese Twins Finish School at 13

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. Their father fought to get them to skip grades in school, 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. 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. The disappearance of Diary Sow, distinguished best student of Senegal in 2018 and 2019 and enrolled in preparatory class at the prestigious Parisian high school Louis-Le-Grand, had put Senegal in turmoil early 2021.