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“Out of the top 10 candidates, 8 are girls and 7 are boys”; Yesterday’s strange headline explained.

Yesterday, several of the dailies carried a strange sub-heading that looked like an erroneous heading to many. Basically, what it said was that, out of the top 10 pupils, 8 were girls and 7 were boys. The first question that immediately came to mind was, how can a total of 15 pupils be in the top 10?

However, the newspapers were perfectly in order, and indeed, there was a total number of 15 pupils occupying the top ten positions for reasons that can be quite easily explained.

When Education CS George Magoha released the 2020 KCPE results yesterday on 15th April, 2021 at Mitihani House, the candidate who was listed as number one was Mumo Faith Kawee who scored 433 marks.

However, in position two, behind Faith, were two students tied at position two. These were Wesonga Yvette Nanzala, from Chogoria Girls and Muriithi Angel Gakenia from Maseno girls with 432.

The third position had a similar occurrence; it had three ties by Wanyonyi Samuel, Castrol Williams and Tarus Jepkemboi with 431 marks.

Mwangi Margrate Waruguru from Karatina DEB together with Kipkirui Abiud scored 430 marks.
Bernice Omondi and Joy Nkatha with 429 marks.

The tenth position was occupied by five candidates Daniel Chris Mboya, Njenga Lowell, Jeff Mutugi, Polycap Kiyondi and Debra Zawadi who scored 428 marks.
Thus because of this, while the chronology of the pupils reads from position one to ten, in actuality, the number of pupils within those slots were 15.

Noting this, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha commended the 2020 candidates, saying that they registered a commendable performance considering they wrote the test during the pandemic which disrupted learning for several months.

“Many doomsayers predicted that candidates of the 2020 KCPE Examination will perform dismally. The good news, however, is that performance of candidates in the 2020 KCPE is commendable and has shown no remarkable difference from the performance of the past years,” said Magoha.

The CS noted that all the 1,179,192 candidates who sat the exam had qualified for admission to secondary school.

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    Written by Joshua Wanga

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