A 92-year-old man is believed to have become the oldest person to take a GCSE exam, after completing a maths assignment alongside a school room full of 16-year-olds.
Derek Skipper took the exam at Comberton village college near Cambridge after taking a free online course that got him to use YouTube for the first time. He had to use a magnifying glass to read the paper due to his poor eyesight and said he was running out of time before the end but still hoped for a level 4 or 5 result.
“It doesn’t matter two boos on the result, but I would like to get a 4 or 5,” he told SWNS. “I really enjoyed it and learned a lot about using a calculator. I think I found it easier than many other people on the course.
Skipper’s course tutor, Shane Day, said he hopes his story inspires others to learn later in life. “I think it’s a good thing for people to think, well, you’re never too old. It’s a nice thing to do. He said he wanted to keep his mind active, and that was way better than watching TV,” Day said.
Skipper took five hours of lessons a week over two sessions delivered by Zoom before taking the exam as part of an adult training course run by the Cam Academy Trust.
He said he decided to take the course to ‘keep busy’ after struggling to help a young friend who was repeatedly failing maths at GCSE.
“I’m obviously a bit slower and I found I was turning off sometimes. My brain just stopped working for a minute or two,” he said. “I ran out of time, but I tried most of the questions, except for the ones I found complicated, which I would have come back to if I had had time.”
Skipper received five school certificates as a teenager, including one in math, and presented his 1946 slide rule to his exam last week.
He regretted missing just one day of school during World War II, when a bomb blast blew his front door off his bicycle wheel and left him with a flat tire , and he was just as strict about attendance this time around.
“He was always very attentive, always showed up on time,” Day said, adding that the oldest person he taught was 74. just do it because it’s a good thing to do, a nice way to spend an evening.
‘I really enjoyed it’: Man takes GCSE maths exam at 92 | GCSE
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