Curtin University IELTS Test Centre to Close after Corruption Scandal
CURTIN University will close its IELTS English language testing centre following a corruption scandal….In many cases, the test results were used by international students to secure permanent residency visas. As would-be skilled migrants, they had to show competent English. The price for fake IELTS results was as high as $11,000…
…The link between education and migration has been weakened by immigration policy changes.That link made English language test results especially valuable.
IELTS has a monopoly as the only officially acceptable proof of English competence for sought-after skilled migration visas but that monopoly is under challenge.
The International English Language Testing System is run worldwide by Cambridge University, the British Council and student recruiter IDP. In Australia, IDP owns the IELTS business through the company IELTS Australia.
As a former Romanian Minister opined some years ago, monopolies (and special treatment) inevitably lead to corruption. Would any Australian “self regulating” state institutions’ international education activities stand up to closer scrutiny?