Responding to the Panorama documentary ‘Immigration Undercover: The Student Visa Scandal’ which aired on BBC one on Monday 10th February, Graham Able, Chairman of ExEdUK said:
‘’To ensure the UK maintains its position as a sought after destination for international students amongst strong competition from other countries, it is essential that current failings in the system are addressed in order to increase public confidence in the admission of international students and ensure the UK continues to benefit from this valuable economic and cultural export industry.
We therefore welcome a number of relevant initiatives including the introduction of a British Council database of education agents, who have agreed to an ethical code of practice, committed to a programme of continual assessment and have completed training, as well as Ofqual’s current focus on ensuring qualifications offered by UK awarding bodies to Tier 4 students are of a high standard.’’
Graham Able added:
‘’We would be concerned if this Panorama investigation were to instigate the creation of further bureaucracy and new rules that would not only negatively affect responsible education providers that adhere to current student visa laws but potentially deter genuine international students from choosing the UK as a study destination. It is therefore vital that the Home Office continues to focus on effectively implementing the existing laws and regulations. ExEdUK would welcome the opportunity to assist and support the Government with their work on this going forward.
We also trust that the overtly fraudulent behaviour exposed by Panorama will be subject to the full force of the law.’’