9 August 2022

Uncertain future for dozens of overseas students as another PTE folds up

Uncertain future awaits dozens of international students, including those from India, as a result of deregistration of Kiwi Institute of Training and Education (KITE) as a private training establishment(PTE).

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) cancelled its registration at the request of the provider (KITE) on 16 August 2019.

According to the NZQA, students who were enrolled at KITE will no longer be able to continue their studies with this provider.

The institute has two campuses in Auckland, one in Hamilton and another in Christchurch and was offering Diploma in Business (Level 7), NZ Diploma in Business (Levels 5 & 6), and NZ Diploma in Healthcare Management (Level 7).

With the closure of KITE, the enrolled students may have to move to other providers to complete their qualifications(as it happened in similar closure cases earlier), but this could be subject to several conditions. In worst case scenario, students could also lose thousands of dollars in fees, and the years of studies.

But in the absence of any clear cut decision, nothing is certain, and NZQA is advising affected students to contact them directly.

NewsViews understands that the NZQA had “concerns” about the provider’s assessment in relation to the Diploma in Business Management (Level 7).

Accordingly, on 22 July, 2019, the NZQA imposed conditions requiring the provider (KITE) to “cease enrolling new students into the programme, and have an external moderation partner confirm student results prior to release.”

Final outcome of these conditions appear to be the provider seeking cancellation of the registration, but this is yet to be confirmed.

When NewsViews approached NZQA for comments & more details this morning, in a statement the Acting Deputy Chief Executive Quality Assurance, Eve McMahon said the welfare of students is paramount.

Students of KITE
A batch of previous years’ KITE students (pic source: KITE website)

“We appreciate this is a difficult time for the affected students and our priority is to support them as much as possible. We are committed to working with students over the coming weeks to provide whatever practical support we can.”

“We will be communicating with affected students to provide further information on the situation and advice on their next steps. We will also continue to liaise with other government agencies to achieve the best outcomes for students.”

When asked for specific number of students affected and how many were from India, NZQA declined to “provide any further information at this stage as we are in the process of contacting students who were enrolled at the Kiwi Institute of Training and Education (KITE) and helping them is our priority.”

However, NewsViews was assured that more information would be provided once all students have been contacted.

If you are a KITE student and need your study records, NZQA says to contact KITE in the first instance.

Students can also email NZQA: KITEstudent@nzqa.govt.nz.

Please read earlier stories here: https://www.newsviews.co.nz/college-owner-faces-criminal-charges-for-false-student-results/




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