Sudan shut down the internet to stop students from cheating during exams?

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This is one of the strangest things I have seen in a very long time, and I am saying this as a Zimbabwean who is accustomed to the weird and wonderful that is thrown our way regularly. According to Cloudflare Sudan shut down its internet, over the weekend, to spot students from cheating during exams.

“As expected, a nationwide #Internet shutdown was observed in #Sudan this morning between 0530-0830 UTC (0730-1030 local time), intended to prevent cheating on secondary school exams. Daily shutdowns are scheduled through June 22.

Daily shutdowns are scheduled through June 22.

Cloudflare on Twitter

I don’t about you, but I am more accustomed to internet shutdowns on the continent happening because of elections, protests or, in the odd case of Nigeria, Twitter being blocked in the country because the President was slapped with contravening the platform’s community guidelines.

However, closing down a communication channel used by the entire nation to stop students from cheating, is just out of this world. I had to check the calendar to make sure that it wasn’t April the first. My knee jer reaction to this was why not just make invigilation more robust than going straight to shutting down the internet for the entire country.

What makes matters worse is according to Cloudflare there are internet shutdowns scheduled this month until the 22nd of June in Sudan.

I am completely lost on this one and would very much like to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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  1. Captain

    Even robust invigilators would not stop exam cheating ,in my own experience I realised that the so called good mannered and intelligent students are the greatest cheaters because the invigilators will just assume that these are the good guys…once you learn that early trust me passing with flying colours will be a defacto norm and by the time you get to college you would have mastered your art and get a first class degree without even shedding a sweat… A simple principle of life …how to make the most of life with the minimum of energy resources used CAPITALISM… I salute those so called academics who knew truly in their heart that they were the greatest cheaters this world have ever known bigup kuzvindanga big up to the fellow lad who would write your exam all you need to do was to submit your paper …apa I am talking about the days where technology was not as easily accessible as it is now….

  2. John

    This is what happens when you have leaders who have never sat foot on a college campus

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