Algeria has turned off its Internet all over country to stop students cheating in high school exams. Algeria's government said it wanted to do something to stop students secretly going online during nationwide school tests. All Internet service was stopped for hour after start of each of exams. The government will shut Internet down during whole exam season, between June 20 and June 25. In addition, all electronic devices with Internet access have been banned from country's 2,000 exam centers. Even teachers cannot take phones into exam halls. There were many problems in 2016 when test questions were leaked online both before and during exams.
Algeria's Education Minister Nouria Benghabrit told Algerian newspaper Annahar that Facebook would also be blocked across country for the six days exams were taking place. She said she did not like doing this but she could not do nothing and give opportunities to students to cheat in tests. As added security measure, metal detectors will be placed in all exam halls, and security cameras and mobile-phone blockers have been set up at printing companies where exams are printed. Many students thought government was doing right thing. Rania Salim, 16, said it wasn't fair that students who didn't study could get help in exams by using their mobile phone to cheat.