Iraq Shuts Off Entire Internet To Stop Exam Cheating

A three-hour internet blackout occurred three days in a row

The Iraqi government has clamped down on cheating in the country’s school exams, by fully shutting down the internet nationwide for the duration of the tests. After a three-hour blackout occurred three days in a row, the ministry of communications announced that all internet connectivity was to be shut down over the same period that 11 year olds across the country were taking their exams. However, there is a high level of cheating during these particular tests as school is only compulsory up to the age of 11, and those who do not score highly enough are usually pulled out of school, effecting their prospects significantly. Under the rule of Saddam Hussein, the ability to shut down Iraq’s internet was introduced to stunt the spread of information. 

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