After exams were leaked online in 2016, Ethiopia has closed its digital borders to prevent leaks.
has shut off internet access to its citizens, according to reports from
inside the country, apparently due leaked exam papers for the nation’s
grade 10 examinations.
media users noted that the internet service was interrupted from around
7 pm on Tuesday—reportedly to prevent exam leaks. About 1.2 million
students are taking the grade 10 national exams, with another 288,000
preparing for the grade 12 university entrance exams that will take
place next week.
Sources in the Ethiopian capital
Addis Ababa told Quartz the internet was reinstituted on Wednesday
morning after more than a 12-hour shutdown. Others, however, said that
the connection was still being interrupted, and was going on and off.
“No connection at all. Everything was blocked,” Biniam Alemayehu said.
Alemayehu told Quartz that his 4G phone connection didn’t start working
until 9.30 am.
Algeria’s government also took similar
steps to Ethiopia’s in June 2016, when it blocked social media networks
in order to fight cheating in secondary school exams.
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