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Algerian authorities block internet to stop exam cheating

Authorities in Algeria schedule series of internet outages as students take high school diploma exams

Algerian authorities have shut down Internet connections and banned mobile devices from exam centres.
Algerian authorities have shut down Internet connections and banned mobile devices from exam centres.

Algeria suffered an internet blackout to stop cheating in school exams last week.

On Wednesday, operators cut fixed and mobile internet connections last week for two hours for the start of high school diploma exams.

More disruptions are planned as 700,000 students sit the annual exams until Monday.

After widespread cheating in the 2016 exams, Algerian education authorities banned mobile devices and tablets from exam centres, set up metal detectors at centres to find illicit devices, and even protected the exam paper printing centres with mobile phone jammers and surveillance cameras.