Algeria finds solution to exam cheating: shut down internet in the whole country

Mildred Europa Taylor June 21, 2018
Students writing exam --- PressTV

For the next few days, the whole country of Algeria will be going offline for several hours every day to prevent cheating during school exams.

The government has ordered telecom companies to shut down mobile and fixed internet connections as high school students begin their exams.

This was confirmed by the Internet Intelligence project from internet company Oracle, which monitors web access across the world.

Facebook will be blocked completely during the five days of the exam, officials have said.

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.

The move is to avoid an incident in 2016 when the exam questions were leaked online before they were written.

The government at the time was forced to ask internet service providers to limit access to social media in 2017.

But this did not bring an end to the problem, hence the government decided to shut down the entire internet to prevent another leak.

In recent years, Ethiopia switched off the internet across the entire country to prevent exam leaks.

Many African countries have disrupted internet access for several reasons including elections. Some African leaders have also imposed strict laws against the use of the internet which have restricted access to the world wide web.

Last Edited by:Ismail Akwei Updated: June 21, 2018


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