One of New Zealand’s biggest schools for international students has repeatedly failed to meet minimum educational standards and there are doubts over whether many of its qualifications are genuine, according to two damning reports by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
The reports show NZQA has taken the unusual step of placing four statutory conditions on Cornell Institute of Business and Technology, because of concerns about the legitimacy of its cookery programme and serious doubts over its assessment practices in both cookery and business qualifications.
However Cornell director Richard Thornton told the Herald yesterday that because the school had made a large number of changes since the NZQA reports, “Cornell is able to vouch for the authenticity of all its qualifications”.
The reports on the school, which has about 1500 fee-paying international students and four campuses in Auckland and Tauranga, say:
• All 18 samples of business students’ work passed by Cornell and submitted for external checking were failed by independent moderators.
• Evidence of some cookery student passes was “not authentic”, including identical feedback forms to three different students and students passing before their final assessment.
• The school has been using “vast amounts” of cross credits from its own unapproved programmes to pass hundreds of cookery students.
• Cookery students passed by Cornell did not show the required skills, including the ability to fry or boil an egg. Read the rest of this entry »
The Government is taking action following aHeraldinvestigation, promising improvement to immigrations standards for those convicted of a criminal offence.
TheHeraldrevealed todaythat a man who had emigrated to New Zealand had twice been convicted of sex offending since his arrival in 2012, but wouldn’t be deported if his record stayed clean for the next five years.
Sultan Ali Abdul Ali Akbari arrived from Afghanistan in early 2012, and has since sexually assaulted three victims, including two young girls.
Immigration Minister Woodhouse said he would take steps to improve the decision making authority for cases involving residence class visa holders convicted of a criminal offence.
“I have made my expectations very clear when it comes to deportation decisions involving offending of this nature and those expectations are not being met.
“So I am temporarily suspending Immigration NZ’s decision-making authority until I have confidence that the decisions being made are consistent with my expectations.
“This course of action follows today’sNew Zealand Heraldarticle regarding an individual whose liability for deportation was suspended, despite the severity of the offending.” Read the rest of this entry »
Police have restrained $360,000 in lawyers’ fees after a client was revealed to be the apparent ringleader of a $40 million Auckland drug syndicate.
The move is rare in legal circles, despite police having powers to restrain funds from law firms if money is thought to be dirty.
The Herald on Sunday was granted access to previously sealed court documents last week, revealing what assets the Crown restrained and seized following a covert surveillance operation into the meth ring.
Operation Fireball - an investigation into Ka Kit Yim and his assets - followed Operation Coral by the Organised Crime Agency and New Zealand Customs after the discovery of nearly 40kg of crystal meth hidden in a Chinese shipment of granite tea trays in February last year.
The 40-year-old Hong Kong man, also known as Chris Yim, was arrested on March 2 last year while driving his Mercedes Benz in East Tamaki. Read the rest of this entry »
Songbirds flitted among the redbud trees. The wind tickled yellow flowers in fields of rapeseed. The medieval church clock clanged on the hour.
Otherwise all was still in this one-boulangerie town in the French countryside when Marine Le Pen strode to the lectern and, with the unwavering force of a freight train, vowed to save the country on behalf of its forgotten young.
Politicians and advocacy groups have slammed a Facebook video by an Islamic group which condones domestic violence and describes hitting wives as “a beautiful blessing”.
The video, which was shot during an all-women’s event in Sydney’s west and posted to Facebook by the women’s branch of Hizb Ut-Tahrir, was revealed by The Australian newspaper this morning.
It features two Muslim women explaining that according to their understanding of Islam, men can discipline their wives by “hitting” them with a small stick or twisted scarf so as not to cause pain. Read the rest of this entry »
As of December 31, Bank of China NZ had gross loans of $345.919 million including residential mortgages of $33.759 million, and corporate loans of $309.387 million. Total deposits stood at $214.180 million, and total assets at $514.534 million.
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