HK-born prodigy, 13, gains first-class maths degree in UK
Father said his son was able to do this because schools in Scotland give less homework than Hong Kong, so boy had more time to study things he likes
A 13-year-old boy has earned a first-class honors degree in maths via an Open University course in England.
Lo Wang-pok, a teenager born in Hong Kong who emigrated to Scotland with his family in 2006, is at high school in Edinburgh. He also enrolled at the University of Sheffield to study part-time for an MSc in statistics with medical applications, overseas media reported.
Lo’s father told Apple Daily that his son would not have achieved this good result if they had stayed in Hong Kong – because schools here give pupils too much homework.
“There is less homework in the UK, so he had more time to study and learn other things he likes,” Lo’s father said.
Lo had showed a talent for maths when he was a child. At the age of just two, he was able to do addition, multiplication and division tasks.
By the age of seven and eight, he had zipped through the entire pre-Higher maths curriculum, then passed his Advanced Higher maths exams when he was eleven.
But like any young boy, Lo also likes hanging out with friends, playing piano and guitar.