Ethiopia Blocks Social Media After National Exam Questions Leak

Ethiopia Blocks Social Media After National Exam Questions Leak

Ethiopia has blocked access to social media websites, including Facebook and Twitter, Instagram and Viber after school exam questions were posted online in a national scandal.

The country-wide ban, which prevents people from accessing social media through computers and mobile devices, began Saturday and will be in place until the national university entrance exam concludes on Wednesday.

Government officials said the sites have been blocked for the first time ever to ensure an 'orderly exam process' and prevent students from becoming 'distracted'.

Getachew Reda, Ethiopia's communications minister, said: 'It’s blocked. It’s a temporary measure until Wednesday. Social media have proven to be a distraction for students.'
 
In May, the online leak of national exam sheets forced the tests, which were to be taken by more than 250,000 students, to be postponed to this week. 

Some opposition media claimed responsibility for the leaks, and many have called it a national embarrassment for the government. 

Critics have complained that the ban on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Viber was implemented to prevent another exam leak and further embarrassment for the government.

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