Monday 11-04-2016 - 12:20
NUS has joined the calls for an inquiry into the Home Office’s actions over the forced removal of international students accused of cheating in their language tests.
We have today submitted initial evidence to the Home Office outlining why we believe there needs to be an inquiry.
In February 2014, it was a revealed a number of overseas students had cheated in their Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC). We believe there are serious questions that must be answered about the Home Office’s response to the revelations, which led to the removal of thousands of students and the closure of about 100 educational institutions.
These actions were taken on the basis of evidence that has since been thoroughly discredited by judges in the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber).
Mostafa Rajaai, NUS International Students’ Officer, said: “The Home Office’s handling of the whole saga has been a complete omni-shambles. Thousands of students have had their lives disrupted, lost their life savings and were then removed from the UK without the degrees they gave up their time and money for.
Now the time has come for the Home Office to explain why international students have faced such shocking treatment. These students will never get back the years of their lives they wasted but they still deserve answers about why they were treated so unfairly.”
Mohammad Mohibullah was just one of many international students from Bangladesh who has been affected. Mohammad was withdrawn from his BA (Hons) top-up degree in Business Studies at Blake Hall College in August 2014. He was also accused of fraud by cheating on his TOEIC test.
“I’ve suffered an enormous amount of stress over the last few months which has affected my health. I haven’t been sleeping well since these problems started. The main reason why I am here is to study, it is very expensive to stay in the UK. All I want to do is complete my studies as quickly as possible and leave the UK.”