Algeria has turned off its internet nationwide during high school exams in a bid to tackle cheating. Internet service, both mobile and fixed line, will go off for an hour after the start of each high school diploma exam to stop any leaks. Blackouts will continue throughout the exam season, between 20th and 25th June. The move follows widespread cheating in 2016, with questions leaked online before and during tests.
Education Minister Nouria Benghabrit said Facebook would be blocked across the country throughout the entire period. Additionally, all electronic devices with internet access – for both students and school staff – have been banned from the country’s 2,000 exam halls, with metal detectors set up at their entrances.