Algeria cuts internet for 2 hours to stop students cheating

Algeria blocks internet in an attempt to prevent cheating in high school exams

"Governments take these measures and suggest that "widespread cheating" or some variation of that phrase has occurred in the previous year, but they never provide data and they never mention how effective these internet shutdowns were", SMEX's Grant Baker told Al Jazeera.

The government has stopped both the mobile and fixed line of internet service. This restriction will continue till June 25.

More than 700,000 students will sit the high school exams this week.

North African nation of Algeria on Wednesday witnessed a two-hour long digital blackout as the country went offline in a bid to curb cheating during the high school exams. Ethiopia undertook a similar measure past 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. Subsequent efforts to restrict social media access through internet service providers proved insufficient.

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For starters all devices with internet access, including mobile phones and tablets, have been from the country's 2,000 exam centres.

During the year 2016 there was extensive cases of cheating.

The decision to disconnect the Internet was made after 2016 exam questions appeared on the network during the exams and even before, writes the BBC.

Also in institutions, where the printed examination papers were installed surveillance cameras and equipment to create interference to mobile phones.

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