A friend told me a sad story about an education agent or marketing agent based in New Zealand who died of an incurable disease. He said, that this agent lived a very comfortable life during his heydays. But he died poor. In fact, when he was stricken with cancer he was selling home-baked food just to make ends meet.
I really think that he just served his karma. The whole story goes that he has deceptively recruited a number of international students to study in New Zealand. When the students got here, reality bit them and most went back home to nurse their wounds. He can’t even go back to the Philippines because the families are now going after him with anguish over their negative return of investment, loss of property to the bank, and their children back in the Philippines, jobless and starting all over again.
I wish the same will happen to the many agents who deceived fellow Filipinos. I have read many of them in a facebook page in Buhay Estudyante sa New Zealand.
I was not trafficked or deceived by my agent. But I have issues too in the whole recruitment process. I really think that something has to be done.
The probable reason why some prospective students are scammed is because of lack of information about what the education agent does and does not.
In my observation, the education agent is the link between the prospective student, the Private Training Establishment (PTE), and Immigration New Zealand (INZ). A legitimate education agent must have a license in the Philippines and be authorized by the PTE, through a letter of appointment.
The education agent only facilitates your student visa and cannot and should not guarantee a work placement or a permanent visa. Although he wishes that you’ll eventually get a work visa. It is not his job to tell you too good to be true stories of landing a job easily and getting a permanent residency.
In my experience, the education agent does the following:
In my year of study, and after hearing so many stories of education trafficking. I made a short checklist that an education agent must have to be more credible.
Beyond all the issues that are thrown at educational agents who are usually targeted as the culprit of education trafficking, there are also other players in the game worth looking into. Please see my next post.
Note: This is not an advise. Please see disclaimer.