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Results of 1,103 candidates were cancelled due to cheating in this year’s Standard Eight national examinations. Those affected were from 68 schools countrywide, according to the results released on Tuesday. The number of candidates was, however, a drop from the 1,904 candidates whose results were cancelled from 80 schools in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary School Education examinations. Public schools accounted for the larger number of candidates who cheated in exams. They had 889 candidates affected as opposed to 214 from private schools. According to the results released by Education minister Sam Ongeri, North Eastern Province, with 396 candidates, recorded the highest number of irregularities. Nyanza had the second highest number of cheats with 231 candidates having their results cancelled. Some 140 candidates from Eastern Province had their results cancelled while 119 from Rift Valley Province suffered the same fate. In Coast, 108 candidates had their results cancelled as were 75 from Nairobi. With only two candidates whose results were cancelled, Western Province had the smallest number of irregularities. Central had a small number of candidates — 31 — whose results were cancelled. Most of the results were cancelled due to collusion where candidates work with one another to write the same correct or incorrect answers. Others had their results cancelled after they were found with mobile phones in examination rooms while others had been registered irregularly. In Koinoin, results of all 40 candidates of Kapchepkole Primary School were cancelled due to collusion in English. In Upendo private school in Lagdera, results of 148 out of 149 candidates were cancelled after they were found to have cheated in Kiswahili. A further 58 out of 59 candidates in Umoja private school in the same district had their results cancelled in the same subject.