Identical twins from Nanyuki are among the top performers in this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination after scoring the same mark.
13-year-old’s Mark Gachau and Maxwell Gachau, who were candidates at St Christopher School in Nanyuki, scored 400 marks each out of a possible 500.
They were 12 of 76 candidates at the school who attained 400 marks and above. Interestingly, the boys scored different marks in past exams.
“They did not exactly tie in the exams. Mark Teric was index 008 while Maxwell was 022. They used to perform well since Maxwell would get around 390 to 400 marks while Mark never went below 400 marks,” said school headteacher Agnes Nkiria.
“I am very happy and proud of my brother. I knew that we would perform well but I never expected we would score the same marks because we do not perform the same in school,” Mark said.
Maxwell said his motivation came from his parents as well as competition from his brother.
“When we were in lower primary, I was always ahead of him but when we got to Class Four, he started competing with me, and it has been that way ever since,” he said.
Maxwell, whose favorite subjects were Mathematics and CRE, hopes to join Mang’u High School and thereafter pursue a career in aviation as a pilot.
Mark, who hopes to join Alliance Boys High, does not have a favorite subject since he reckons all of them are important and necessary for him to achieve his dream of becoming a doctor.
He had hoped to get 440 marks but said he was content with 400, given that he fell sick during the second term.
“I expected more than what I got but I was out of school for the second term, which took me some time to catch up. However, I am happy that my health is restored and I still performed well,” he said.
The boys’ headteacher described them as well behaved, disciplined, responsible, active in co-curriculum activities and public speaking.
“They are active in sports…they swim and play tag rugby. The boys also participate in drama and public speaking. They are disciplined and well behaved,” Ms Nkiria said.