Algeria has turned its Internet all over the country to stop students cheating 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 an hour after the start each the exams. The government will shut the Internet during the whole exam season, between June 20 and June 25. In addition, all electronic devices Internet access have been banned the country's 2,000 exam centers. Even teachers cannot take phones the exam halls. There were many problems 2016 when test questions were leaked online both before and exams.
Algeria's Education Minister Nouria Benghabrit told the Algerian newspaper Annahar that Facebook would also be blocked across the country the six days the 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 tests. As an added security measure, metal detectors will be placed all exam halls, and security cameras and mobile-phone blockers have been set at the printing companies where the exams are printed. Many students thought the government was doing the right thing. Rania Salim, 16, said it wasn't fair that students who didn't study could get help exams using their mobile phone to cheat.