26 Jul 2017

NZQA finds 27 tertiary institutions not up to scratch

9:50 am on 26 July 2017

Over-crowding and dubious marking of students' work has prompted the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to take action against 27 tertiary institutions in the past 15 months.

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The authority has published a list showing some institutions have faced multiple interventions since the start of May last year.

The interventions included enrolment bans, orders to cease teaching particular courses and even deregistration. The reasons for taking action included inaccurate marking of students' work, over-crowded classrooms and suspicions about foreign students' English capability.

NZQA is currently taking action involving 13 institutions, including a polytechnic and a wananga.

The Retail Business and Management College was the subject of five statutory actions between May last year and late July this year, while three other institutions - Imperial College of New Zealand, International College of New Zealand and UUNZ Institute of Business - were subject to three separate actions each.

All four institutions were among a dozen ordered to stop enrolling students in particular courses during the past 15 months.

Others included the Cornell Institute of Business, New Zealand National College, the Institute of Commercial Education and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

NZQA recently revoked the accreditation of International College of New Zealand for three business courses after finding as many as 95 percent of its pass marks should have been fails.

The director of the college, Chirag Solanki, told RNZ News the college and NZQA had debated issues related to the marking of students' work for several months.

He said the college would not contest the authority's decision because it was best to allow the students to move on to other providers rather than keeping them in limbo.

Mr Solanki said the college would continue to offer a diploma in homeopathy, which had about 30 foreign students enrolled.

Ongoing or current NZQA statutory actions

  • Academy of Diving Trust
  • Cornell Institute of Business
  • Firetech Training
  • Imperial College of New Zealand
  • International College of New Zealand
  • National Institute of Education
  • New Zealand Institute of Management
  • New Zealand National College
  • Oasis Education (Retail Business and Management College)
  • Strive Community Trust
  • Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
  • Unitec
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  • Wānanga enrolments on the rise
  • University job cuts: 'It certainly went pretty quiet'
  • Fears tertiary-run tests used as foreign publicity
  • Enrolment slump hits Auckland institutes, reports show