Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa: 5 Amazing Facts about 13-yr-old KNUST Mathematics Student


Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa, a 13-year-old genius shocked the world after she earned a merit admission to study for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics, at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi.

The fact that every child has a minimum of 15 years to move from kindergarten to senior high school, per the current system of education in operation, makes Miss Gyan-Darkwa’s case even more amazing.

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The girl who is a native of Anyimon, Berekum in the Brong-Ahafo Region, lives with her family at Prempeh College, Kumasi, where her father is a senior school physics and mathematics teacher.

5 Amazing Facts about Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa

1. She is One of 8 Brilliant Kids!

A lot of people may be thinking that this genius of a girl was born into a rich family with few kids, at least to enable her get all the attention to achieve this great success, but not at all! Ruth is actually the third out of the eight children of Mr and Mrs Gyan-Darkwa who are average income earners but serious with their kids’ education. Ruth has four other sisters and three brothers.

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Remarkably, she isn’t the only extraordinarily brilliant chap in her home. Her eldest sister, Grace is set to graduate from KNUST next year with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at the age of 18. Her immediate elder sister who is 15 is hoping to study Medicine and Surgery abroad, having been denied of an admission this year, to do so in Ghana.

2. She wrote the BECE in JHS 1

Ruth attended the Christ Our Hope International School in Kumasi where she finished basic education at 8. She proceeded to the Abraham Lincoln Junior High School (JHS) and later sat for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) at the Justice International School Asuofua in the Ashanti Region while still in Junior High School class 1 and aged 9.

Having made a good result, she was enrolled at the St. Louis Senior High School where she offered General Science, completing her Senior High (SHS) education at 12 and a few months old.



The Breakdown: 1 year in Kindergarten, 4 years in Basic School, 4 years in High School (1 in JHS and 3 in SHS), Ruth who apparently started school at age 3, spent only 9 years as against the normal 15 years to complete her pre-primary, primary and high school education.

3. President Akufo-Addo is Her Role Model

In an interview with Joy FM’s Super Morning Host, Kojo Yankson on Wednesday, October 11, Ruth revealed that she looks up to the incumbent President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in taking her studies very seriously. Describing the President as hardworking and one who learns a lot, the youngest KNUST student said he is his role model.

In addition to hard work, Ruth Ama Gya-Darkwa attributed her extraordinary success to God. She also advised young ones to put God first in all they do and never to sideline Him.

4. B.Sc. Maths is Just Her Stepping Stone

According to Ruth, she opted for Mathematics in her first bachelor’s degree in order to grab fundamental knowledge that will enable her study in Computer Science or Space Engineering later.

She said her Computer Science and Space Engineering dreams are being driven by her great love for software as well as the passion to contribute to Ghana’s space challenge in the African continent respectively.

5. She is the Youngest ever Student of KNUST

Born on May 29, 2004 in Kumasi, Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa is now pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics (B.Sc. Mathematics), at the KNUST. She is expected to graduate with the 2021 class, at the age of 17, all things being equal.

13-year-old Ruth remains the youngest student and prospective graduate in the history of KNUST which was established in 1952 – 65 years ago!