Nobel prize winner Malala scores top of the class for her GCSE exams in Britain

Her top grades were in biology, chemistry, physics, religious studies and two maths exams.
Her top grades were in biology, chemistry, physics, religious studies and two maths exams.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP/Reuters) - Malala Yousafzai, the teenage education rights campaigner who came to Britain after the Pakistani Taleban tried to kill her, has scored high marks in national school exams, her father said on Friday.

Malala, shot in the head three years ago for championing girls' rights to education, gained six A* grades, the highest possible, and four As, the second-highest, in her GCSEs.

"My wife Toor Pekai and I are proud of Malala," her father Ziauddin wrote on Twitter. "Education for every child."

Her top grades were in biology, chemistry, physics, religious studies and two maths exams.

The Pakistani media praised her good results. "Nothing that Malala Yousafzai achieves seems startling any more but she continues to make Pakistan proud," said the Express Tribune, an English-language Pakistani newspaper.

The 18-year-old was flown to Britain in 2012 for hospital treatment after being shot on a school bus in Pakistan's Swat Valley.

She now lives permanently in Birmingham, central England, with her family and attends an all-girls school.

Malala, who hopes one day to be prime minister of Pakistan, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 jointly with India's Mr Kailash Satyarthi for promoting education rights for children.

She became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Malala, whose own education was disrupted when she was attacked and moved to Britain for rehabilitation, sat her exams two years after most British teenagers take them.

GCSEs are exams in a wide range of subjects usually taken by all children in Britain at the end of their fifth year in high school. Pupils received their results on Thursday.