Supporting NITT students top priority for NZQA

18 Mar 2019

Accreditation has been withdrawn for Auckland based New Zealand Institute of Technical Training Limited (NITT) to provide Level 5 and Level 6 Business Diplomas. Supporting students through this process is the key priority for NZQA.

The withdrawal of accreditation means that NITT can no longer deliver these programmes to students. NZQA also issued a compliance notice directing NITT to provide a full refund of fees for all students affected by the accreditation withdrawal and consequent course closure.

Acting Deputy Chief Executive Quality Assurance, Eve McMahon, says NZQA has monitored NITT since July 2018 and has found serious issues with the quality of their assessment and moderation.

“This situation has raised ongoing concerns about the capability of NITT’s assessors to make quality assessment decisions and the standard of the teaching programme, resulting in the decision to withdraw accreditation.

“NZQA has a role to ensure New Zealand’s qualifications are credible and robust nationally and internationally, so students and employers can have faith in their qualifications and the integrity of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. Where providers are not meeting the standards we expect of them, NZQA will take action to ensure the integrity of New Zealand’s tertiary education system.”

Ms McMahon says the welfare of students is paramount. “We appreciate this is a difficult time for the 67 affected students and our priority is to support them as much as possible.

“We are liaising with other agencies such as Immigration New Zealand and the Public Trust to get the best outcomes for students. Students attended a meeting in Auckland on 18 March with representatives from NZQA, Immigration New Zealand and the Public Trust to hear about the next steps.

“We are committed to working with students over the coming weeks to provide whatever practical support we can.”

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