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Over 380 international students told to re-appear for exams after authorities find academy’s assessment, unsatisfactory

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Most of the students at the International Academy of New Zealand were from India.

More than 300 international students in Auckland who were enrolled at International Academy of New Zealand (IANZ) will have to re-appear for exams over the weekend, Newshub reports. The test outcomes will determine their future in New Zealand.

This follows New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) investigation into assessment problems at the International Academy of New Zealand.


NZQA deputy chief executive of quality assurance Grant Klinkum said the Auckland tertiary institution's setting, marking and moderating of assignments was unsatisfactory.

"Our review of over 100 items of assessment suggested that they weren't meeting the standards that NZQA would expect, and as a consequence we will be reassessing 380 students from a Level 6 business programme," Mr Klinkum was quoted saying by RNZ.

Most of the students at the International Academy of New Zealand were from India, according to a report by RNZ.


Newshub last week reported that staff at the Academy was told to give students high enough marks to make them eligible for admission.

A former employee of IANZ, Jaswinder Kaur told Newshub that she was instructed to fake the test results or risk losing her job. “I was told to put five or higher scores... to make sure the student passed and we complied with NZQA requirement,” she said.


NZQA on its website shares that IANZ is selling its business to EDENZ Colleges 2016 Limited, a private training establishment and that it is now working closely with IANZ, Immigration New Zealand, Public Trust and other organisations to make sure that students continue their studies with minimum disruption.

Around 650 students are expected to be transferred to this training establishment.


One of the students of IANZ told Indian Weekender, that the affected students could take the same papers for free at Edenz Colleges if they fail any paper.

To enable students to continue their studies, they have also been advised to apply for a visitor visa in case their student visa is expiring.

Talking to Indian Weekender, the student said, “We have not been informed about being deported. We are now taking revision classes to prepare for the exams.”

She adds that the academy should have given students a clearer picture of the situation. “The school could have saved us from what we are going through now. We feel cheated by the people we trusted blindly.”

While students are not aware of the government’s or NZQA’s plans for them, they hope it is not deportation. “Genuine students have also been caught up in this. I hope they (the government and NZQA) think about the students. We have invested so much time and effort to be in this country.”