Italy: Grandfather completes middle school aged 91

Nicola Torello alongside schoolchildren Image copyright Chieti Today
Image caption Nicola Torello (centre) says he likes to keep busy, and still goes swimming twice a week

An Italian grandfather has finally finished middle school at the age of 91, it's reported.

Nicola Torello went to school every day from 17:00 to prepare for his final exams, the Chieti Today website reports. And his hard work has now paid off: the elderly student received full marks in his maths exam and English speaking test, as well as for an essay on Alessandro Manzoni, one of Italy's most famous writers. Mr Torello spent his life working as a tailor, but drew on a range of experiences for his school work - one essay recounted his time as a 19-year-old soldier serving in Greece during World War Two.

Mr Torello's four children, six grandchildren and his teachers joined him at the school in Chieti, in the central Abruzzo region, to celebrate the achievement. Even the city's mayor showed up to congratulate him, the report says.

The grandfather, who turns 92 in October, seems to be on a roll. He has now set his sights on studying at secondary school, and wants to get a bit more familiar with technology. "I want to learn how to use a computer," he tells the website, adding with a smile that at the moment he relies on his daughter. "I will keep learning, because my time must always be full."

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