NZQA files criminal proceedings against ICNZ

28 Mar 2018

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has commenced criminal prosecution proceedings in the Auckland District Court against a deregistered private training establishment, the International College of New Zealand Limited (ICNZ), and its director.

The charges relate to Section 292 C of the Education Act 1989, and in particular, the entry of false “achieved” results on to ICNZ students’ Records of Achievement.

NZQA had previously withdrawn ICNZ’s accreditation to provide the National Diploma in Business (Level 5), National Diploma in Business (Level 6), Diploma in Business Management (Level 7) and Diploma in Homeopathy (Level 7). Monitoring by NZQA identified significant concerns about assessment capability and practice at ICNZ.

NZQA has taken this action to ensure the integrity of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF). NZQA considers that the awarding of undeserved results undermines that integrity.

NZQA’s role is to ensure quality education is delivered to students and that New Zealand qualifications are robust, credible, and internationally recognised. NZQA must take action in situations like this to protect the integrity of New Zealand’s qualifications so that students are gaining and using qualifications they can have faith in.

Media contact:
NZQA Communications
media@nzqa.govt.nz or 027 457 5783

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