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APRIL 15, 2018 06 Educationlink Maori, Pacifica education achievement imperative Tim Fowler By 2030, about 30% of New Zealanders will be Maori or Pasifika, and right now many of them are under-served by the education system. Only half of the Maori students who gain NCEA 3 also gain University Entrance, compared to 81% for non-Maori/ non-Pasifika learners. Learn English with us Englishƒor work and everyday liƒe Visit www.englishlanguage.org.nz nz to contact your local centre The trend continues with qualification completion rates. In 2016, Maori completions at bachelor level were 48%, compared to 61% for non-Maori/ non-Pasifika learners. In the labour market, we are seeing Maori workers converging into a narrow group of industries and occupations. This is due, at least in part, to narrow study options occurring earlier on in their learner experience − presenting major risks to them and the New Zealand economy. The need for change There have been many equity interventions to support Maori learners in the past, with mixed results. Pilot projects come and go, but we have yet to effect the necessary system change to achieve parity of participation and achievement for Maori and Pasifika learners with other learners. To do this we must prioritise the work, which will require leadership and change. Five-Year Goal With that, the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has set a five-year goal to achieve patterns of participation and achievement for Maori and Pasifika in tertiary education that are the same as for other learners, and that will deliver comparable post-study outcomes for graduates over time. In its newly announced three-year Education Work Programme, the Government also reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring the education system is responsive and lifts achievement for Maori and Pasifika learners. With the Government’s focus on transitioning these learners to further education, training or work, along with the TEC’s five-year goal, change is on the horizon. Dedicated Team At the TEC, we are beginning by establishing a large dedicated team of people who have the skill sets, sector knowledge and a renewed focus on lifting learner success. This is to ensure all learners, and our growing Maori and Pasifika populations, have the strongest chance of achieving success in education and as well-skilled members of New Zealand’s future workforce. The major focus of the Learner Success Team - Oritetanga, will be on system change and working to support leadership for raising learner outcomes. We can make a difference, and it’s already happening in some places Some Tertiary Education Organisations (TEOs) in New Zealand are already delivering great results for Maori and Pasifika learners. Where successful initiatives can be scaled and replicated, the TEC wants to support this to happen. Eliminating gaps We can learn from local successes and from overseas institutions that have made significant progress in reducing and even eliminating achievement gaps for learner groups. Progress has often been achieved through concerted organisational focus and change, backed up by smart systems, responsive and effective student management systems, and targeted information and advice for learners. Late last year, I visited Georgia State University to learn more about their student-centred approach – check out the video clips from our website (www.govt.nz). I recommend listening to their story before having a think about what interventions would make a difference in your own organisation. Parity Opportunity Achieving learner success is central to the TEC’s new focus and New Zealand’s social, cultural and economic success. If our education system collectively fosters learner success, including high Maori and Pasifika aspirations, and identifies best practice and makes it mainstream, high achievement will become the expected norm. Tim Fowler is Chief Executive of Tertiary Education Commission based in Wellington. WANT JOB SECURITY? Start in May GET A CAREER THAT'S IN DEMAND The workplace is changing and new skills are needed. Future-proof your career with skills that are in hot demand. Study at MIT and get the practical, hands on skills employers want. EVE051_01_1 Apply now manukau.ac.nz | 0800 62 62 52

APRIL 15, 2018 Indian education provider faces criminal charges Such cases put New Zealand’s image at risk Venkat Raman venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz Chirag Solanki, who ran the International College of New Zealand (ICNZ) from Mahatma Gandhi Centre located at 145 New North Road at Eden Terrace in Auckland, should have known what was coming when he was warned some time ago about the way in which he was conducting the assessments of students’ performance. It is now too late for the It is an important moment for New Zealand’s gay community men. They can now apply to have historical homosexual convictions wiped. The application scheme can now be accessed via the Justice website. This means men and the families of those who have since passed away who were convicted of specific offences Indian education provider; he faces criminal charges. Prosecution in District Court The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) announced on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 that it has commenced criminal prosecution proceedings in the Auckland District Court against ICNZ, and its Director Chirag Solanki. NZQA had deregistered the institution last year. The Charges ICNZ and Mr Solanki face that were decriminalised by the Homosexual Reform Act 1986, can now apply to be treated as if they had never been convicted. Important aspect The key element of the application process is showing that conduct that led to the conviction is no longer illegal. The applicant should supply as much detail and supporting information including, old documentation or newspaper clippings. However, all applications will be considered. The Process The Ministry of Justice serious charges of falsifying student achievements, namely passing students without proper assessment. “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,” an NZQA notification said. It is understood this is the first such prosecution involving an education provider in the history of NZQA. Accreditation withdrawn NZQA had notified on July Gay men can have historic convictions removed Andrew Little will work with the courts, the Police and Archives New Zealand to gather information on the official record of the convictions. The Secretary for Justice must then be satisfied on the balance of probabilities that the conduct would not be an offence under today’s law when making the decision on whether to wipe the conviction or not. For application forms and further information, please visit www.justice. govt.nz Andrew Little is Justice Minister of New Zealand. Chirag Solanki (Source: LinkedIn) 24, 2017 that it had withdrawn accreditation for ICNZ to provide the following programmes: National Diploma in Business (Level 5), National Diploma in Business (Level 6), and Diploma in Business Management (Level 7). NZQA said that it had monitored the institution and had 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,” the notification said. Fraudulent assessment Deputy Chief Executive (Quality Assurance) Dr Grant Klinkum said, “NZQA has monitored these business programmes and found that most of the assessments (95% of the Level 5 and 6 and 70% Educationlink of the Level 7) were marked by ICNZ as a ‘pass’ when they should have failed. ICNZ has significantly failed to deliver the quality of education in these programmes for which New Zealand’s tertiary education sector is well known. NZQA has also withdrawn credits that ICNZ has awarded to its students, meaning that these cannot be used by them as aqualification,” he said. Affected students NZQA said that the action against the institute would impact 100 international students. The Authority is working on options to ensure that these students are given a refund of their course fees, along with the opportunity to sit an English language proficiency test if they wish to seek enrolment at an alternative provider. “In most cases, students will need to start their programme again with a new provider. The removal of accreditation at ICNZ is necessary in order to ensure quality education outcomes. When NZQA has concerns about the validity of assessment practices, we act to ensure the integrity of our qualifications system is maintained,” Mr Klinkum said. Ensuring quality education NZQA’s role is to ensure quality education is delivered to students and that New 07 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 in which they can have faith, he said. Zero tolerance Dr Klinkum said, “New Zealand’s reputation for high quality tertiary education relies on providers having robust quality assurance processes to ensure that qualifications are genuine, and employers and students can be confident in the qualifications. NZQA’s role is to ensure quality education is delivered to students and that New Zealand qualifications are robust, credible and internationally recognised. We will not tolerate poor quality education provision. Where providers are not meeting the standards we expect of them, we take action to ensure the integrity of New Zealand’s tertiary education system.” About Chirag Solanki Mr Solanki did not respond to our phone call. His LinkedIn entries feature his other interests as General Secretary, Rangmanch of New Zealand, Executive Member of Auckland Indian Association and as a former Director of International College of Homeopathy. 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