TRUST – we trust total stranger to tell us the truth and we trust them to such an extent that we do not verify .
Verification appears to be a lost art , it should be the no 1 item on any businesses agenda.. verify verify verify.
In this news item alone there are three examples of where verification could have prevented the embarrassment
- More than 150 international students gained fraudulent qualifications in less than a year from API Institute of Education, which closed last year. Almost half were “ghost” students, who paid for qualifications but never attended classes.
- Last year Massey University’s Albany campus had to get rid of about 50 students who enrolled in its business degree with fake diplomas from local schools.
- Kingsland Institute has been barred from taking new students after two senior staff were charged with immigration fraud last July.
Significantly the article states “NZQA has advised the Government that it has found dishonest practices, particularly over the sale of qualifications and falsification of results. “
When accepting degrees they have to be verified. I spoke to a Bangladeshi lady recently who advised me that in countries such as hers it is common for the wealthy to have others sit exams for them.
We cannot claim to be the least corrupt county in the world when we are blind to truth. We have to set up systems which make people accountable to the truth.
Verisure will help you set up a verification system and allow you to train your staff so that you can easily verify the existence of degrees yourself.