By Nesrine Kamal and Natalia Zou
The Algerian Ministry of Education has disabled mobile internet and jammed access to social media in an attempt to fight cheating and leaking of the Baccalaureate exams. The ministry was criticized for preventing more than 15 million users from accessing mobile internet, but despite the strict measures the exams were still leaked on social media. This provoked fury from students and parents, who accused the ministry of negligence.
The ministry later announced that some of the exams would be retaken to make sure that everyone stood an equal chance.
Algeria has been struggling with Baccalaureate exam leaks over the past few years, even after employing thousands of jamming devices to tackle the problem. It also sought the help of the National Gendarmerie to search students and completely banned the use of electronic devices in exam halls.