South Africa’s language school sector fears a possible wave of closures and staff layoffs as a result of the introduction of a new immigration policy, writes Hannah Alani. This limits eligibility for visas to students enrolling at educational institutions registered under the Department of Higher Education and Training and accredited by Umalusi, South Africa’s council for quality assurance in general and further education and training.
Delays in student visas are hitting Canada’s private-sector language school sector. Changes to Citizen and Immigration Canada (CIC) regulations on post-study permanent residence visas for international students who have just graduated from a Canadian university are apparently having a knock-on effect on student recruitment.
New Zealand announced in April it has been reconfirmed as the preferred destination for Chilean secondary school students involved in the Penguin Without Borders scholarship scheme.
The scheme is aimed at improving Chilean students’ English language skills.
Angela Snelgrove reports from Sydney, Australia
A recent Independent Commission Against Corruption report into the business models used by Australian universities was followed by the April broadcast of ABC TV’s documentary Degrees of Deception, which cast the AU$19 billion international education industry in an unfavourable light. ABC’s accusations are based on research interviews which suggest that the shortcomings in governance and lack of clear policies by universities are as important factors as the academic misconduct of international students or the corrupt practices of offshore agents.