In a rare occurrence, two identical twins, Maxwell Gachau and Mark Gachau, scored the same marks in the 2019 KCPE exam, a situation that continued to wow many.
In a video seen by Kenyans.co.ke on Wednesday, November 20, the 13-year-old identical twins from St Christopher's School in Nanyuki scored 400 marks each, emerging on the list of 12 students who scored over 400 marks in the institution.
“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,” remarked Mark.
What remains a puzzle for many is the fact that one of the boys had been out of school for nearly half of the term but still managed to attain the same score as his brother.
“I took advantage of my brother being out of school for about half a term but God has favored him and we’ve attained the same mark,”
“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,” narrated Maxwell.
Although Mark was out of school for long due to illness, he still managed to attain 400 marks as his brother, associating his performance with great support that he received from his brother, parents, and teachers.
"For half of the second term, I didn't attend school due to medication but I thank my brother, family, and the school management for support. It came to me as a shock because I thought my time out will affect my performance," a delighted Mark recalled.
Speaking to the Daily Nation, the school headteacher Agnes Nkiria was equally amazed as the students had never scored similar marks before.
“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,” explained the headteacher.
“They are active in sports. They swim and play tag rugby. They also participate in drama and public speaking. They are disciplined and well behaved,” she told the publication.
Their mother couldn’t hide her joy terming similar marks as a coincidence she never saw before for the boys.
Maxwell’s favorite subjects were CRE and Mathematics, his hopes high on joining Mang'u High School and thereafter pursue a career in aviation. On his part, Mark did not have a favorite subject and believed that all are important and necessary for him to achieve his dream of being a doctor.
Kenyans were not left behind in congratulating the twins;
Margaret Tuwasiliane wrote;
"Congratulations Mark and Maxwell. They are both very mature and competitive. May all your dreams come true"
"Wow Amen. Sharp boys there. Congrats. May God protect & deliver you." wrote Tabby Muigai.
John Bill wrote;
"Congrants to the twins you have realy done us proud. May God forever bless you."
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