IB officials try to plug leaks

Officials of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), a Geneva-based body whose diploma is much sought after by thousands of Greek students, are in Athens for talks with the heads of private schools offering the IB program to avert a repeat of last year when a teacher leaked examination answers to students. According to sources, regional IB officials Adrian Kearney and Luz Maria Gutierrez are expected to propose to the heads of 13 private schools offering the IB diploma that the test papers are from now on not distributed individually to the schools, but to a central collection point. Last August the IBO revoked the operating license of a Greek private school offering the IB diploma following allegations one of its teachers had leaked exam answers to students ahead of tests in May. A spokesperson for the Ziridis School said an internal probe «suggests the existence of an organized racket around the IB program.»

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