IB probe may be extended

International Baccalaureate (IB) inspectors who are in Athens to look into claims that students at one private college who sat exams for the internationally recognized diploma were given the papers beforehand will also be examining the possibility that students at other schools too knew what questions they would have to answer, Kathimerini learned yesterday. Sources said the IB representatives will first investigate allegations that a teacher at the Nea Genia Ziridi College gave pupils the questions. But this is only one of 13 schools at which students sat the IB exams and the inspectors are not ruling out the possibility that pupils at other colleges also cheated. Only the Nea Genia Ziridi students have not received their results but IB said it would withdraw degrees from other pupils if they are found to have cheated and notify accordingly any universities to which they apply. An Athens prosecutor also began an investigation yesterday.