To tackle cheating, Algeria suspends internet services during school exams

23 June, 2018, 22:40 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • More countries are resorting to shutting down the internet to stop cheating and quell free speech

The restriction will last between June 20 and 25 which is the duration for the exams.

"The Internet service was disabled, according to the instructions of the government, to ensure that the exams go smoothly", reported state operator Algerie Telecom.

But now Algerian schools have decided that this method is simply not enough - and the country is going further by effectively cutting off access to the Internet nationwide.

While not fully comfortable with the decision, Benghabrit believes "we should not passively stand in front of such a possible leak".

Over 700,000 students are writing the high school certificate examinations. While, Iraq shut off internet access for a few hours in 2015 and 2016 to coincide with sixth-grade national exams.

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Furthermore, electronic devices with the ability to access the internet are banned for both students and school staff from all 2,000 exam halls, and surveillance cameras as well as mobile phone jammers have been installed at exam printing presses.

The move comes in wake of the 2016 exam season in the country which saw question papers being leaked on the social media even before the test began. Ethiopia undertook a similar measures a year ago after activists published the university entrance exam online in 2016.

The restriction of internet service during the period of the exams ends next week.

As a result, the authorities asked internet service providers to stop social media access previous year, but the voluntary measures were not enough.


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