The Sudanese authorities have decided cut mobile internet throughout the country for three hours a day from this Wednesday to September 24 to prevent students from cheating en masse in the entrance exams to the university, which take place during this period.
“Today we receive orders from the higher authorities of the country to cut the internet data service for mobile phones, while the cable internet it will work normally, “explained a source from the Communications Authority, who requested anonymity.
By keeping the cable connection operational, the authorities pretend not to affect the work of banks, companies and state institutions, said the source.
As for the reason for the measure, he explained that “the authorities fear that trap on a large scale “, as happened three years ago, when some questions on the university entrance exams were leaked and the Ministry of Education was forced to repeat them.
The three mobile phone companies operating in Sudan – Zain, Al Sudani and MTN – sent their customers messages today confirming that they will cut the mobile internet for three hours a day until the end of the exams on September 24.
“In accordance with the directives of the judicial authorities, the internet will be cut off during exam sessions of access to the University of Sudan from 08.00 to 11.00 (local time) every day “, reads the message, according to Efe.
He Ministry of Education from the eastern state of Kassala yesterday announced the arrest of a student who tried to copy through the instant messaging application WhatsApp during an exam, the latest of several cases in the country.
Communications Authority Data
According to data from the Communications Authority, in Sudan there are 31 million users mobile phone number and more than 13 million data internet subscribers.
At least 522,000 students are taking the university entrance exams this year, according to official data.
The entrance exams The University began last Sunday in the middle of the state of emergency announced by the Government at the beginning of the month due to the floods that hit the country, where they have caused more than a hundred deaths.