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Internet is Sutting Down in Algeria to stop Cheating

In this modern era Internet plays a vital role for development. The whole world has been connected with internet in the past few years. Internet is a good source of information for students. But when these students misue the internet, then it became a bad thing. Similar thing was happening in Algeria, where students of High schools and Diploma are using internet for cheating in the Examination. Due to this the government of the nation finally took the decission to Shut Down the internet facility one hour before tthe examination.

The country has announced that both mobile and landline internet services will be turned off for an hour at the start of each high school diploma exam. There will be 11 blackouts, which started on Wednesday and will continue until June 25. Algeria is also blocking Facebook across the entire country during this period.

The government took this decission after some incidents when the Test Question paper las leaked on internet before the eaxam in 2016. Due to this examination controller have to cancel the exam for the next date. Thirty-one people were arrested, several of whom were education ministry employees.

A year later, the education ministry installed phone jammers in all the exam centers and blocked access to social media sites. Students who arrived late for the tests were banned from taking them and had to sit an alternative exam later. Despite these measures, some web-based cheating still occurred.

In addition to cutting off the internet during exam times, metal detectors are being used in the centers this year. Even school staff are banned from bringing in electronic devices with internet access. As an extra precaution, phone jammers and CCTV cameras have been installed at the exam’s printing presses.

As usual, many citizens are unhappy because of these extreme steps.  “It’s beyond ridiculous,” web designer Lyès Rekkeb told The Guardian. “Every kind of connection is affected – fixed, mobile, wifi, 3G … No one who uses the internet – travel agents, startups, transport firms, even some banks – can work.”

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