Exam cheats blocked

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopia has cut off in­ter­net ac­cess na­tion­wide un­til at least June 8 to try to stop cheats from post­ing high school exam pa­pers on so­cial me­dia, a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day.

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of stu­dents will take the tests through­out the coun­try, with Grade 10 ex­ams fin­ish­ing to­day, and Grade 12 tests from Mon­day to Thurs­day.

Last year, to the au­thor­i­ties’ great em­bar­rass­ment, exam pa­pers were widely posted on­line, prompt­ing the gov­ern­ment to resched­ule the tests, which are the main pub­lic ex­ams for 16- and 18-year-olds to se­cure places at univer­sity and on vo­ca­tional cour­ses. Reuters

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