In a bid to preserve the integrity of national school exams ongoing across Ethiopia, the authority in the country has shut down the internet.
Internet monitoring platform,NetBlocks reports that “Ethiopia’s internet has been totally cut off as of 7:30 a.m. UTC 11 June 2019.”
According to NetBlocks, the east African country experienced 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.”
Station Magazine understands that In previous years, Ethiopia has blocked the internet when the Grade 10 and 12 exams are being written. The exams are for entrance into universities and national vocational courses.
A representative of the then Office for Government Communications Affairs, Mohammed Seid, revealed that the internet blockage: “The shutdown is aimed at preventing a repeat of leaks that occurred last year.”
“We are being proactive. We want our students to concentrate and be free of the psychological pressure and distractions that this brings,” Seid had told Reuters.