Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Kenya maths paper fails to add up




The exams board said the pupils would not lose marks. Kenyan pupils taking their school leaving certificate on Monday were stumped by a maths paper that contained questions impossible to answer. Two questions referred the high school candidates to wrong tables and a third had no table at all. "We panicked. There is no doubt about it," one schoolgirl in Nairobi told the Standard newspaper.
The national examining board said the mix-up had occurred at the printers and it would not affect students' results. More than 260,000 pupils took the Maths 1 compulsory paper on Monday morning, as part of their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education - their last exams before university. "I assure you that the error will not affect any candidate, hence they should go on to write out papers without fear," Kenya National Examination Council's Reuben Mugo is quoted by the Daily Nation paper as saying.
While no marks will be deducted, some pupils said they wasted a lot of time struggling to find an answer to the impossible questions and so their result would be affected. Delays were especially long at some schools in remote areas because they were unable to telephone KNEC for guidance, The Standard reports.

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