More than 25 million people across the Indian state of Rajasthan faced government-mandated internet shutdowns and restrictions on Sunday, in an effort to prevent cheating in a mass exam. – the Rajasthan Teacher Eligibility Test, that paves the way to employment as a primary or secondary school teacher. The exam hasn’t been held in Rajasthan since 2018. Several other major districts, including Alwar, Nagaur, Sikar and Ajmer, also imposed temporary internet shutdowns. It’S nototious, candidates sometimes use “different types” of instruments to try to cheat. In Jaipur district, the state’s most populous with more than 6.6 million residents, the internet was shut down from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The whole process of the exam was closely surveilled and videotaped. It was not the first time Rajasthan has shut down the internet to curb cheating.
Schools and authorities have experimented with different anti-cheating strategies. This time this was not enough to stop one group of students trying to gain an exam advantage. Ten people have been arrested after they were found to have Bluetooth devices hidden in flip flops. „This was a totally new modus operandi. (They) are getting so tech savvy,” police said. Other anti-cheating measures included fresh face masks for students as they entered the exam.