Rajasthan, India shuts down or restricts the Internet for 25 million people to prevent students from cheating in REET exams

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Thousands of candidates took the Rajasthan Teacher Qualification Examination (REET), which paved the way for primary or secondary school teachers in public schools.

This is a coveted position and brings great benefits-since 2018, Rajasthan has not held an exam, which may be one of the reasons why there are so many candidates on Sunday.

Thousands of test centers have been set up throughout the state, and people travel from their hometowns on free buses arranged by the government. However, because of concerns about potential cheating in the written test-which has been rampant in the past-the authorities have ordered various regions to issue Internet restrictions to prevent any information leakage.

Mobile Internet has been shut down in at least 10 regions, but broadband Internet continues to be used in a few regions to minimize disruption to businesses and daily life.

The regional commissioner of Jaipur, Dinesh Kumar Yadav (Dinesh Kumar Yadav) said that in Jaipur, the most populous area of ​​the state with more than 6.6 million residents, the Internet is closed from 8 am to 5 pm.

“There are too many candidates… we just want to make sure [there wasn’t cheating],” Yadav said. “People tried to cheat, but we caught a lot of people. But because the internet is closed, [test] The paper did not leak out. “

He added that candidates sometimes use “different types” of tools to cheat, and other students “will be angry if they don’t get a fair chance.”

According to the latest population estimates from the 2011 Census, several other major regions, including Alwar, Nagaur, Sikar, and Ajmer, have also implemented temporary Internet shutdowns – a total of more than 25.2 million people were affected. According to the same survey, Rajasthan has a population of more than 68 million.

According to reports, other anti-cheating measures include the installation of closed-circuit television cameras in all test centers. One document Ashok Gehlot, Chief Minister of Rajasthan, wrote on Twitter. Candidates are not allowed to bring their own masks from outside; upon arrival, they have to discard the masks they brought and then use the masks provided by the testing center.
On September 26, at the test center in Jaipur, India, candidates will receive fresh disposable masks as they prepare to take the Rajasthan Teacher Qualification Test (REET).

According to the document, the entire examination process-from the printing of test papers, to the transportation of test papers, to the distribution of students at the test center, is closely monitored and videotaped. Any test staff or invigilators involved in leaking test papers will be dismissed immediately and face potential legal proceedings.

This is not the first time Rajasthan has shut down the Internet to curb fraud; according to reports, the same thing happened during the police examination in 2018, and the shutdown caused the banking and logistics industry to come to a standstill. CNN affiliate CNN-News18.
These measures may sound extreme-but some widespread cheating scandals in the past few years have brought this problem to the forefront, and some have also attracted international attention.exist A well-known example In 2015, family members in Bihar climbed outside the school building and issued cheat sheets to children who were taking the 10th grade final exam.

Despair reflects the country’s high emphasis on education. For many people, proper school education may be the key to getting rid of poverty.

In response, the school and the authorities tried different anti-cheating strategies, although some were counterproductive because they provoked public outrage-just like the situation in 2019 a school Karnataka requires students to wear cardboard boxes on their heads during exams.



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