University has been suspended from recruiting overseas students

 Glyndwr University, a university that offers English language certifications, has recently lost its rights to sponsor students, due to a recent discovery of systematic cheating within English language exams. This was uncovered after a probe conducted by a BBC Panorama investigation observed the exam operations held by the European subsidiary of the American firm, Educational Testing Services (ETS). The investigation reveals that invigilators would read the answers to imposters who would pretend to be certificate candidates during the exams.

These developments encouraged Immigration Minister James Brokeshire to bring the matter to the House of Commons’ attention. According to his report, there are evidence to believe that, out of the 48,000 English certificates granted by Glyndwr and other universities, 29,000 certificates were found to be invalid and 19,000 “questionable.” Brokeshire states that it “is like that the true totals will be higher.”

The Home Office was not pleased to hear the news. “The government is not going to tolerate this abuse,” according to Brokeshire. A full investigation was launched to gain a clearer understanding of the situation.

Granted, fraudulent certificates gained through systematic cheating are unfair receptions. Such activities cannot be condoned. The end of these misdeeds should be a pressing concern, if we are going to uphold the integrity of providing student visas to qualified candidates who truly deserve the certifications.

However, to suspend a university for fraudulent activities is a sweeping action that will inflict more harm than administer damage control. These events will most likely hurt overseas students who study at Glyndwr. It is estimated that 3,040 out of 8,800 students are learning overseas. That comprises approximately 35% of the university’s student enrollment. Such punishment will not only affect students guilty of the crime, but will also unjustly impact students who are not participants of the recent activity.

Furthermore, this affair will most likely effect Glyndwr’s future financial state, which the university’s administration is already endeavoring to sustain. As Aled Roberts AM, an educational spokesperson of the Welsh Liberal Democrat, stated, “I’m worried about the effect this announcement could have on Glyndwr University’s attempts to improve their financial footing.”

Learning a second language is an arduous task. It requires patience, motivation, and access to useful resources, such as teachers and countless of hours of classes to inculcate the language. With the international advent of technology and expansion of businesses and cultures at an international level, Glyndwr University and other similar educational institutions are becoming increasingly crucial.

Therefore, it is important we have the educational accessibility to provide language proficiency classes and exams in order to receive student visas. Granted, it is equally important that the students receive the training and pass the required exams with integrity. This is a malpractice that needs to be solved, but it should not come at a cost paid by innocent overseas students.