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Some candidates in last year’s Form Four examination were given the wrong grades in a blunder that could call to question the credibility of the results. The Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) issued what it called “dummy” Music exam results to 1,423 candidates in 205 schools across the country. The results issued have been cancelled and fresh ones issued. In the results tabulation, the council also identified Moi Forces Academy, Lanet, one of the country’s 18 national schools, as a private school. Knec secretary Paul Wasanga denied that the Music results had been cancelled or recalled, explaining that staff had packed the wrong results. His explanation notwithstanding, affected schools, mainly top performers, immediately reported that their mean scores had changed implying that the national rankings issued by the Education ministry on Monday may have been rendered invalid. It is the second time Knec is being embroiled in results fiasco, raising questions about the management of national examinations. In 2007, the council issued wrong results to nearly all schools in the country forcing it to recall them, including results slips. Mr Wasanga blamed the confusion on a “computer error” and managed to keep his job. A report of a taskforce formed to investigate the error was never made public. The council later spent millions of shillings to upgrade its computer systems.