DIKATSA sets new exams

In a bid to increase transparency in examinations, prompted by a recent scandal, the new board of the Inter-University Center for the Recognition of Foreign Degrees (DIKATSA) has recommended that holders of foreign medical degrees attempting to qualify for practice in Greece be given specific material to prepare for their examinations. Professor Georgios Leontaris, the new DIKATSA chairman, said the material for exams in November would be made available and that the exams would be conducted via computer-held multiple-choice questions. The DIKATSA board suggests that the questions be chosen randomly before the exams from a central «question» bank. Last month, Education Minister Petros Efthymiou suspended a DIKATSA official for alleged breach of duty and made a formal complaint to judicial authorities, after Leontaris and Professor Alkis Costakis, responsible for medical exams, said that at least 32 candidates’ papers during the April exam had been tampered with.

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