A Filipino couple who owns an international school in New Zealand may face charges of falsifying test results.
According to Newshub, the International Academy of New Zealand in Auckland, which offered training courses for business, IT and healthcare, has been put into liquidation. Founded in 2002, the school has recently been acquired by Edenz Colleges which allows eligible IANZ students to continue their studies there.
The school’s directors Exzur and Zarah Peralta have put their house on the market and are currently in Melbourne reportedly looking to set up shop. According to a lawyer of the couple, the duo are overseas and “looking for future opportunities.”
Former IANZ instructor Jaswinder Kaur blew the whistle after she was told to falsify hundreds of English language entry tests. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority found the school allowed students to pass despite failing marks, and student insurance forms were backdated to make records look legitimate.
“It’s really, really frustrating that I am ending up with no justice,” Kaur says as she may not receive thousands of dollars worth of unpaid wages. Ten other former employees of IANZ are also owed tens of thousands of dollars.
Dennis Maga of First Union, a national trade union in New Zealand said the directors should be held liable.
“They should be held accountable. There are hundreds of international students who have no idea what they’re doing in New Zealand,” Maga said.
A former IANZ tutor, Murray Heasley, first complained to NZQA about the school’s poor practice.
“They missed the opportunity to close them in 2014, and the result has been catastrophic for some of these students,” he says.
The government it is treating the issue seriously as the Crown Solicitor is assessing the threshold for criminal charges to be brought against IANZ directors.