Algeria Shuts Off Internet To Stop Students From Cheating

Alonzo Simpson
June 23, 2018

The country's internet will be suspended during the first hour of each exam, in a radical attempt to curb cheating.

Mobile and fixed Internet connection was cut across the country for two hours, - informs edition Guardian. This will continue till June 25.

The move was implemented after complaints of widespread cheating in 2016, when exam questions were leaked onto social media.

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Nouria Benghabrit, the Minister of Education in Algeria, said in a statement to Annahar newspaper that during the entire period of exams, social media generally and Facebook specifically will be blocked across the country. Benghabrit reportedly said they are "not comfortable" with their choice to shut down all internet service, but that they "should not passively stand in front of such a possible leak". This week, the Algerian government will shut down the Internet to prevent high school students from cheating on their exams. Ethiopia undertook a similar measure previous year 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.

At the same time two thousand centres of the examinations were installed metal detectors to prevent students bringing mobile devices - phones and tablets. Officials also set up surveillance cameras and cellphone jammers at the centers, BBC News reported.

Past year the government asked the providers to limit access to social networks during the exam period, but it was not enough.

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