Last night’s edition of BBC One’s Panorama revealed disturbing findings about a major firm contributing to systematic fraud in the student visa system through the running of English language tests.
The secret footage captured candidates for tests set by ETS with answers read out to them by corrupt invigilators as well as others sitting tests on candidates’ behalf. The footage has been described as “very shocking” by Home Secretary Theresa May.
As the Home Office cracks down on these institutions, this demonstrates the importance of educational organisations having robust identity assurance management solutions in place, such as a biometric approach that provides a simple method of recording and reporting accurate student attendance information. This ensures that all international students are attending their lectures in accordance with visa requirements.
Although Human Recognition Systems has years of experience in biometric security in fields as varied as airport security through to construction projects for national stadia, our MVerify solution is not a security system; rather it is a business information system with identity assured management (I AM) at it’s core. This means it focuses primarily on convenience and usability. The mobile solution allows lecturers to start capturing biometric data at an appropriate time providing assurance around attendance information captured, and takes away the burden of manual registers that infringe upon teaching time and require a large amount of manual administration.
The MVerify Student Documentation & Attendance Management System enables education institutions to reduce costs, increase education time and boost student engagement and retention. Tier 4 only requires limited interactions with international students per term, whereas MVerify is used across all attendance points leading to greater engagement with students, better student retention and improved grades through improved attendance.
While Panorama’s footage clearly showed that there are fraudulent educational institutions that are currently active in the UK, at HRS we are proud to support best practice within the education sector by supplying the necessary tools to enable institutions to accurately support Tier 4 immigration requirements.