Double joy for twins with same top grade and one career path
A family in Thika, Kiambu County, is rejoicing after their identical twins scored the same grade in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) results released by Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha on Saturday.
Patrick Mbugua and Gabriel Kamau - who schooled at Utumishi Academy in Gilgil - scored A - of 77 and 75 points, respectively, among the best grades at the school. Born on a Valentine’s Day, the two tied in English, Mathematics and Biology, each scoring B+, A plain and A-.
Overjoyed, the two said they used to study together and did similar revision methods and academic tests. They hope to pursue medicine at the same university, with one wishing to become a cardiologist and the other an orthopedic surgeon. They attributed their exemplary performance to a good environment at the school, competitiveness among themselves, tireless efforts by their teachers, moral and emotional support of parents, and self-discipline.
“These are the fruits of teamwork in revision and supporting each other in all subjects. We were determined to be the best and, although we didn’t attain A plain as envisioned, we foresee greater things, especially for the country,” said Kamau.
Speaking at their home at Landless village, Mbugua and Gabriel - who managed 406 and 410 marks in their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results - vowed to work hard to become the best doctors in the world.
This would help position the country as a destination for specialised health services and reduce expensive medical tourism.
“We will not go for anything less, we hold the future in our hands and are determined to make it excellent,” said Mbugua. He aspires to be like Dr Dan Gikonyo, one of the most coveted cardiologists in Kenya.
Their mother, Lydia Wangui, said the two are the second born in a family of three — precious gifts from God and lucky since birth.
She said they are disciplined and attentive to their studies, adding that after going to church, they spend the rest of the day within the home compound playing chess or revising their work.
“I delivered them on Valentine’s Day and got a maternity bill waiver,”she said.