Two years ago, Algeria took an unusual step to put an end to cheating on standardized tests by the temporary block of the student access to Facebook and other social media websites.
But now Algerian schools have decided that this method is simply not enough, and the country further by effectively cutting off access to the Internet throughout the country.
The country has announced that the Internet service — up to and including June 25, — go down an hour after the start of each of the high school diploma, which is expected to be taken by more than 700,000 students, according to the BBC.
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Last year, the officials tried to negotiate with the internet service providers to reduce access to social media, but their efforts have failed.
Nouria Benghabrit, Algeria, the minister of education, told Algerian newspaper Annahar that Facebook would be blocked in the entire country the entire week of the exams, the BBC reported.
Although not fully familiar with the decision, Benghabrit believes “we should not passively stand for a possible leak.”
In an attempt to have electronic devices with Internet access, classrooms, metal detectors also reportedly been set on 2000 exam sites.
Elsewhere, authorities in China have even used drone technology to prevent exam fraud.