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Mauritania: Internet restricted during BEPC exam

The internet on mobile was cut for several hours on Wednesday throughout the Mauritanian territory during the course of examinations of the Junior Education Certificate (BEPC).The telephone operators that provide the internet in the country have made these cuts at the request of the public authorities in bid to prevent cheating during the duration of the tests.

The use of internet on laptop will be restricted from 08 AM to noon and from 03:30 PM to 05:30 AM during the days of exams that began Wednesday, with the participation of more than 60,000 students.

The same restriction will also be observed during the baccalaureate (A-level) exams due to kick off from 18 June.

Since their widespread use, cell phones connected to the internet have been widely used to cheat during the tests by allowing candidates to receive messages containing answers to questions asked.

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