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Beware `dodgy' students, Labour warns

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/05/2016

The survey was carried out after approvals surged 81 per cent following relaxation of English language requirements in 2013, Mr Hipkins says. © Getty Images The survey was carried out after approvals surged 81 per cent following relaxation of English language requirements in 2013, Mr Hipkins says. There could be thousands of foreign students in New Zealand who don't meet basic language requirements, Labour says.

Education spokesman Chris Hipkins says he has a 2014 survey of students approved in Mumbai which shows that of 221 audited, only nine per cent met the criteria.

The survey was carried out after approvals surged 81 per cent following relaxation of English language requirements in 2013, Mr Hipkins says.

"It's absolutely shocking ... we've got potentially thousands of students in New Zealand now who don't meet basic English requirements and may not be here to study," he said.

"There has been a complete lack of oversight."

Newshub reports there's evidence that dodgy education agents in India are using forged documents to try to get students into New Zealand.

Immigration NZ's area manager Michael Carley was quoted as saying that in the past 24 months the agency's Mumbai office uncovered fraudulent activity including 338 impostors, 340 fraudulent funds documents and 39 other forged documents.

Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce says Immigration NZ is doing a good job picking up "dodgy players".

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