Linguis is a private training establishment (PTE) that has students mainly from India and is offering education & training in English Studies, National Diploma in Business (Level 5 and 6) and Diploma in Business (Level 7), with a total of 81 students across two campuses in Auckland and Christchurch.
Deputy Chief Executive, Quality Assurance, Dr Grant Klinkum says ‘NZQA has identified serious concerns at Linguis in relation to educational performance and compliance with NZQA rules. As a result, NZQA has cancelled the registration of Linguis as a PTE.
‘The priority is ensuring students are supported at this time and reducing disruption to their studies. We appreciate this may be an uncertain time for students and we have made every effort to keep students fully informed.
NZQA is working to transfer students to high quality tertiary education organisations who will provide a full package of learning and support. We have contacted students with information about what has happened and how they can continue their studies.
The Government changed the rules for student visas last year after finding that many Indian students were using temporary bank loans to show that they could afford to pay fees and live in New Zealand. Student numbers from India have since plummeted, dragging down total migrant numbers from India from 12,264 in the year to March 2016 to 7999 in the latest March year.
Dr Klinkum says ‘NZQA takes extremely seriously its role in ensuring quality education is delivered to students and that New Zealand qualifications are robust, credible, and internationally recognized.
‘NZQA will not tolerate poor quality education provision. Where providers are not meeting the standards we expect of them, we take action to ensure system integrity. Action can range from requiring a tertiary provider to take corrective action through to de-registering a provider.
If students have any queries or concerns they can contact NZQA on linguis.students [at] nzqa.govt.nz or 0800 697 296