Internet access in Kurdistan Region to be cut Saturday and Tuesday mornings to prevent exam cheating: ministry

Twelfth grade students taking the national exams in the Kurdistan Region (File)

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SULAIMANI — General Director of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Transport and Communications Karwan Raza said on Friday (July 10) that all internet access in Kurdistan Region will be cut for three hours on days that twelfth-grade students take exams as an anti-cheating protocol.

As a result, there will be no internet access from 6 a.m. until 9 a.m. on Saturdays and Tuesdays starting on July 11. The disruptions will last an estimated four weeks.

“In order to conduct the tests successfully, we will cut the internet for three hours and we have received permission from the Ministry of Education on the matter,” Raza said.

For several years, the KRG has cut internet access around the time that twelfth-graders take national exams, which are important for determining whether they will be eligible for university places.

(NRT Digital Media)