Ministry denies exam leak to students

Education Ministry General Secretary Andreas Karamanos denied yesterday any possibility of university entrance exams having been leaked to students before the start of examinations. Karamanos was responding to news that a bookstore in Larissa, central Greece, had posted the test before it appeared on the Education Ministry’s website on Wednesday. «Under no circumstances is there an issue of exam topics being leaked, as the questions are sent from the (ministry’s) central examination committee to the test center at 8.30 a.m. and are then distributed immediately to those sitting the exams,» the ministry’s general secretary said. A police investigation was launched into the incident after news circulated of the bookstore having the test earlier than expected. Police from the electronic crimes squad traced the test as having been sent to the bookstore from a computer belonging to the president of the Federation of Tutorial School Teachers (OEFE), Giorgos Hatzitegas, in Athens. Hatzitegas has confessed to distributing the test but claims he did not earn any money from the action, which he says he did as a means of helping his colleagues. Police have also confiscated computers belonging to a tutorial school in Iraklion, Crete. The school in Crete is owned by a teacher employed at a public secondary school who is also a member of the school’s examination commitee.

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