When one small problem can cause a whole other system to be shut down.
When it comes to cheating, the school authorities will always ensure that they go to a lot of lengths to prevent exam malpractices — some check to see if the answers have been scribbled on parts of their body/Math set/calculator/four figure table while others collect their phones— but one country has taken an extreme approach by completely shutting down the country’s internet in a bid to keep students from cheating.
On Tuesday, while Ethiopian students (comprising of 1.2 million 10th graders and additional 300,000+ 12th-grade students) were preparing to sit for exams on Wednesday, the country’s internet was shut down to prevent exam leaks.
Ethiopia reportedly cutoff internet -for z 3rd time in 12 months -fearing activists will leak a scheduled national exam as they did last yr. https://t.co/1vPi3zrXAg
— Mohammed Ademo (@OPride) May 30, 2017
The move isn’t surprising because this is the second year that such an action has been taken.
Now, what is surprising is the fact that shutting down the internet may not have a huge difference when it comes to exam malpractice because Ethiopia has one of the lowest internet and mobile connectivity rates in the world (Quartz), as a matter of fact, less than 4% of the population has internet access.