Entire Country Turns off Internet so Kids Can’t Cheat on Exams

Seems a little extreme...

The Algerian government is taking big steps to curb their youth from cheating on exams; something that has become a serious problem. Last year almost 300,000 students had to retake exams after papers were leaked early online.

Last Wednesday was the first day the entire country went without internet as students sat down to start their exam week. Last year the country tried restricting access to social media platforms but it wasn’t effective enough. So this year, they went all in by cutting off the internet entirely for six days. The internet outages coincide with exams, so they only last several hours at a time. This is to stop students from using their phones in the exam hall to search for answers.

[via sciencealert]