Algeria goes offline for school exam to tackle cheating

Ruben Fields
June 23, 2018

In recent years, Ethiopia switched off the internet across the entire country to prevent exam leaks. With the beginning of two school test on June 20, mobile and fixed internet connections were shut across the country for two hours.

June 25 exams in Algeria will take more than 700 thousand students.

Some might think that this is a somewhat extreme measure, but it should be noted that back in 2016 exam questions were leaked online, which means that there is some precedence to go to such measures to prevent cheats.

Algeria had turned off its internet nationwide during high school exams in a bid to tackle cheating.

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There are almost 700,000 candidates taking the high school certificate exam over the next week and results are expected to be published from July 22.

Ms Benghabrit said while they are "not comfortable" with the decision, "we should not passively stand in front of such a possible leak".

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. As a result, the authorities asked Internet service providers to stop social media access in 2017, but it did not matter. Each year, the educational experts right before the academic examinations would come out with stringent measures to control cheating menace.

Uzbekistan also blocked mobile internet and SMS services in 2016 during university entrance exams.

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