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Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Algeria shuts down Internet to prevent kids from cheating on exams

Algeria shuts down Internet to prevent kids from cheating on exams

According to mobile operator Algeria Telecommunications Corporation, internet access will be cut off for mobile and landline for about two hours every morning until June 25.

However it seems that in a bid to cut down on cheating, Algeria has made a decision to turn off the internet. This restriction will continue till June 25.

Education Minister Nouria Benghabrit told Algerian newspaper Annahar that Facebook would be blocked across the country throughout the entire period.

The 2016 exam season was marred by widespread cheating, with exam questions published on social media before, or at the start of, the test. Ethiopia undertook a similar measure a year ago after activists published the university entrance exam online in 2016, according to the Guardian, while Iraq shut off internet access for a few hours in 2015 and 2016 to coincide with sixth-grade national exams.

As well as the Internet blackout, all electronic devices with Internet access for both students and school staff have been banned from all exam halls.

Metal detectors have even been placed at the entrances, while phone jamming technology and CCTV have been installed at sites where exam papers are printed.

Social media access was restricted a year ago and will continue to be in 2018 as well, with Facebook being blocked throughout this six day period. Ethiopia undertook a similar measures a year ago after activists published the university entrance exam online in 2016. To tackle cheating, they turned off its internet service nationwide.

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