To stop cheating, Algeria turns off the internet

As solutions go, it is certainly radical: in order to thwart a mass epidemic of cheating by students taking their school leaving exams, Algeria shut down the internet for up to three hours a day this week – for everyone.


“It’s beyond ridiculous,” said Lyès Rekkeb, 28, who works for a web design agency. “Every kind of connection is affected – fixed, mobile, wifi, 3G … No one who uses the internet – travel agents, startups, transport firms, even some banks – can work.”

Source: Algeria blocks internet to prevent students cheating during exams | World news | The Guardian

Hmmm, wouldn’t it be better to write a test where Googling isn’t always the fastest way to answer?

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