Ethiopia blocks internet access ‘to stop exam cheats’

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Ethiopia blocks internet access ‘to stop exam cheats’

Ethiopia blocks internet access'to stop exam cheats'Reports trickling in suggests that people in Ethiopia are unable to use social media following an ongoing shutdown.

The internet monitoring group Netblocks confirmed that there has been a complete shutdown of the internet as of 10:30 local time (07:30 GMT).

Ethiopian authorities are in a move to preserve the integrity of national exams currently underway, internet rights group Net Blocks said on Tuesday.

The group said it had confirmed a total blackout “as of 7:30 a.m. UTC 11 June 2019. The incident is ongoing, and is believed to be a measure to counter cheating during national school exams.”

Despite no official confirmation from government or the sole telecom operator, Ethio Telecom, data show that connectivity from the operator has been disconnected at a record time.

GrisGlobal.org is yet to receive clarification from Ethio Telecom as our request is still pending for their response.

Ethiopia has previously blocked internet access for this particular reason. Two years ago, the internet was shutdown to prevent national exam papers leaking online.

The Grade 10 and 12 exams are for university entrance purposes and also for enrollment into national vocational courses. Thousands of students take the exams annually usually between late May and June.

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