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Govt cracks down on student recruiters

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/06/2016

The government is cracking down on agents who recruit foreign students, particularly those in India.

Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce says new rules will come into force on Friday which will make education providers much more responsible for the agents they use.

"We have had some examples in recent times where some Indian agents have not behaved well, and the providers in New Zealand have not taken responsibility for their actions," he told reporters on Thursday.

"It's something that has struck all English-speaking countries that take students from

India."

Mr Joyce says a new code will be in force requiring providers to monitor and ensure the quality of the agents they use to recruit students.

They will have to check references and ensure the agents have reliable information about study opportunities in New Zealand.

Providers must also sign contracts with their agents which include grounds for terminating their services if they don't comply with New Zealand's laws and regulations.

In March this year RNZ reported a surge in the number of Indian students in New Zealand had been accompanied by thousands of false applications and problems with English language screening.

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