Uzbekistan Shut Down Entire Country’s Internet Before High-Stakes Test

Last Friday, the Uzbekistan government stopped all internal Internet traffic and SMS messaging, between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m, according the Free Radio Europe, a U.S.-sponsored broadcast. While the government cited “urgent maintenance work on telecommunications networks,” the timing curiously coincided with nation’s university entrance exam.

The states are high for the standardized national exam: while more than 431,000 students take the test, there are only 56,000 openings for them at Uzbek universities. Thus, there is a culture of cheating and bribery around the exam which the country may or may not have been trying to curb with the Internet shutdown.

At an electronics store in the Uzbekistan capital of Tashkent, a sign read, “Enter the exams with a pen only. We have run out of mini-phones, use your head to take your exam.”


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Yvonne Chan

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