A for-profit business school in Auckland has been told to stop teaching two level five courses after an investigation revealed concerns with its assessments.
AWI International Education Group had its accreditation withdrawn to provide the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Leadership and Management) and a Diploma in Information Technology (Technical Support) (Level 5). The courses are among AWI’s largest programmes.
AWI joins a growing list of for-profit private providers that have had their accreditation withdrawn.
In July, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) withdrew accreditation for three business programmes at the International College of New Zealand (ICNZ).
The New Zealand National College was told in May to stop teaching four business courses after an investigation found assessment and moderation issues.
The week before Oasis International Education was instructed to stop enrolling new students to a retail management diploma following concerns about the provider’s assessment practices.
The Tertiary Education Union’s (TEU) #keepitpublic campaign has highlighted the problems associated with turning tertiary education into a market where private companies can cut corners to maximise their profits instead of dedicating themselves to giving students the best possible education.
“National is heading into September’s general election having presided over a series of failures in for-profit education. We urgently need a change of approach and a system that is public, locally focused and centred on teaching, not maximizing profit,” Sandra Grey, national president of the TEU, said.