12-year-old Aces CSEC Biology – Dad’s Accident Motivated Son to Succeed

Twelve-year-old Devon Hickey is one step closer to becoming a neurosurgeon. In addition to scoring a 95 per cent average in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), he copped a Grade One in biology in the recent CSEC exams.

His mother, Sherefa Hickey told THE STAR that she is quite amazed by her son’s latest achievement, stating that he has a photographic memory.

A science teacher at McKenzie Evening Institute, Hickey said her son sometimes sticks around in the classroom for a few minutes, and would often give the correct answers whenever she asked a question about the subject.

“He would be playing outside and run in for a few minutes and shock the class when I ask a question and just run out back. One day we were looking at the heart and the kids could not explain the concept of how blood travels and he explained it for the class. We were all shocked, and I kept wondering how he knew all that stuff,” she said.

When Devon asked his mother to let him take biology, she was a bit hesitant as she believed he was too young and not prepared enough.

“He went and he complained to family members that I didn’t want him to do it. He told me it was easy and I told him it’s not and he just probably learnt about some of these stuff from YouTube. It’s not like he even paid much attention in class because he was always running up and down,” she said between laughter.

As young Devon prepared for his GSAT exams, he did the same for biology.

“He doesn’t like English and communication tasks that much so he would spend a lot of time reading his biology book. There were times that I had to take away the book from him so he could focus on his other subjects as well. He enjoyed the subject and I didn’t have much impact in his life as it relates to teaching him the subject,” she said

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