Mike Gapes MP spoke up in Parliament this week (Tuesday 4th September) on the TOEIC scandal. In 2014, evidence was uncovered of widespread cheating at testing centres delivering the test of English for international communication, known as the TOEIC, on behalf of the Home Office for non-EEA students as part of the tier 4 visa.
That abuse on such a scale was allowed to take place at a Home Office-approved provider was clearly a source of embarrassment for the Government and the Home Secretary of the day, who is now our Prime Minister. Sadly, as a result of this embarrassment, the Home Office’s reaction was to declare that 22,694 students’ test results were questionable because of “limited confidence” in the tests’ validity. These students were permitted to sit a new secure English language test and in many cases were made to re-pay for the privilege. Further to this, tens of thousands of students’ tests were found to be invalid and therefore had their visas removed.
You can see my contribution to this debate below: