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KNEC resolves music paper mixup

NAIROBI, Kenya Mar 1 – The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) on Tuesday recalled dummy results for music, which were erroneously sent to schools instead of the validated ones.

KNEC Chief Executive Officer Paul Wasanga said the recall of the music results in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations would not in any way affect the final results released to students on Monday because all the results had been validated.

"It is not a cancellation, what happened is that we realised the results that were sent to schools were dummy ones instead of the validated results and this only affects the music subject," Mr Wasanga told a news conference on Tuesday afternoon after word went round that the council had recalled results for one subject.

He explained that the hitch was as a result of confusion by some staff members who worked until late at night on Sunday packing results for respective schools.

"In the process of packing, they inadvertently packed the dummy results of music that had been printed earlier for adjudication and left behind the correct ones," he clarified.

He said the results recalled affect some 1,423 candidates in 205 schools which offer music countrywide.

In results released on Monday, Albert Kamau of Moi High School Kabarak emerged top in last year\’s top candidate in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary of Education  KCSE) examinations.

Allan Marube from Alliance High came in second followed by Joshua Obinchu of Maranda High School.

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Boys edged girls in the results scooping eight of the top 10 positions.

Alliance High School and Moi High School Kabarak each got three positions in the top 10, followed by Kenya High which had two girls in the top 10 slots.

In 2009, boys last year dominated the top 10 positions in the KCSE results with the first girl coming in the 11th position nationally.

David Ndung\’u of Mangu High School emerged the best candidate in the 2009 results with 87.26 points.

Releasing the 2010 results, the Education Minister Sam Ongeri noted that the examination performance had generally improved.

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