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Algeria: Cutting off internet during high school exams

Image of Algerian students taking their exams on 31 May 2011 [Magharebia/Flickr]
Algerian students taking their exams on 31 May 2011 [Magharebia/Flickr]

The Algerian Ministry of National Education announced that it will cut the internet service across the entire country for an hour after the start of each High School Certificate Examination to avoid any exam leakage.

In a statement quoted by the Algerian newspaper Annahar, the Minister of National Education, ‎Nouria Benghabrit, said Facebook would be blocked throughout the country until the completion of the High School Certificate Examinations.

Benghabrit added: “We are not comfortable with the decision to cut the internet, but we should not passively stand in front of such a possible leak.”

High school exams are being held between 20-25 June.

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According to Algerian official reports, the number of candidates for the High School Certificate Examinations has decreased this year by 7.31 per cent compared to last year, reaching 709,548 candidates and the results will be announced starting from 22 July.

faThe Ministry of National Education mobilised about 700,000 employees and professors to ensure the success of the three national examinations, namely the Primary Education Certificate, Intermediate, and General Secondary Education Certificate.

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