Algeria turns off its internet to keep students from cheating on exams

Algeria's suspension of internet access is meant to prevent student cheating on exams.

(CNN)Algeria switched off its internet on Wednesday in an attempt to prevent cheating on exams.

Phone jammers, surveillance cameras and metal detectors were also set up in the more than 2,000 exam centers across the north African country to battle academic dishonesty.
Mobile phones were already prohibited during exams, but because of the development of technology and the speed with which things can be posted online, it was also necessary to shut down the internet, Education Minister Nouria Benghabrit told state television.
According to Algeria Telecom, the state-owned telecommunications provider, the internet shutdown was implemented "in compliance with instructions from the government, aimed at ensuring the high school diploma tests run smoothly."
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