Going For the Big Bucks
Grade inflation is a real threat in education. When the cash flow of a school depends upon the number of students enrolling and graduating, a substantial jeopardy emerges. Moreover, when governments set "pass targets" the temptation to fudge the marks and pass rates becomes overwhelming, unless the internal ethics of the school are rock solid.
It has been alleged that grade and pass rate inflation are rife in New Zealand tertiary institutions.
The Qualifications Authority has urged whistleblowers to come forward after allegations tertiary institutions are passing students who should be failed. The teachers spoke to RNZ on condition of anonymity because they were worried they would lose their jobs if they were identified. [Radio NZ]Speaking out anonymously always gives us pause for thought. It is, therefore, salutary of the NZ Qualifications authority to encourage anyone who had concerns to come forward to discuss them. The initial impression is given that the practice is quite widespread.