Algeria has temporarily blocked access to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms across the country. The move forms part of measures to fight cheating in secondary school exams.
Almost half of the students are being forced to retake the baccalaureat exam, starting on Sunday, after the initial session was marred by online leaking.
“The cut in social media is directly related to the partial baccalaureate exams that are taking place on Sunday, “the APS state news agency said quoting an official source.
Many students were able to access questions on Facebook and other social media ahead of the exam in early June.
Algeria has struggled with baccalaureate leaks in recent years.
The decision to block social media was taken to protect students’ de la publication of “bogus questions on those networks”, officials told Algeria’s APS news agency.
“Cheating has become dead easy,” this tweet says
Following the earlier exams leaks, police swoops resulted in the arrest of dozens of people, including officials working in national education offices and printers, as part of an investigation into how parts of the 2016 high school exams were leaked onto social media.
Whiles the likes of Algeria are blocking social media to avert exam leakages, elsewhere in Africa, similar blockages are in respect of political situations as has been the case in Uganda and Congo Brazzaville.
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