By: Tonya Mead, CFE, PI, MBA, MA Educational Psychology
The Immigration Chief for New Zealand asked 18 education service providers to provide detailed explanations for the 30% refusal rate for their foreign Indian student visa applications.
Flags were raised after whistleblowers in a related case divulged that staff was directed by school management to prepare fake results for more than 250 English language tests [paragraph 4].
Some of the flags used by New Zealand authorities to identify immigration and visa fraud in education:
- many students enrolled from one nationality
- falling evaluation ratings
- history of student complaints
- rapid enrollment growth
- over use of recruitment agencies, and
- lack of education rigor [paragraph 6].
These flags are universal and are markers of potential fraud in education that takes place in US schools and universities also.
Tonya J. Mead, CFE, PI, MBA, MA, Certified K-12 Administrator and School Psychologist is author of Fraud in Education: Beyond the Wrong Answer and president of Shared Knowledge, LLC http://ishareknowledge.com