An investigation has uncovered a well-organised commercial cheating service for Chinese-speaking students in New Zealand.
The long-standing business uses a network of tutors, some outside New Zealand, to write original assignments ordered by Chinese-speaking students attending New Zealand universities, polytechnics and private institutions.
The tutors are paid by assignment and have specialist subjects.
The assignments go up to masters level but the service claims to have tutors up to doctorate level.
Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce last night said the police and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) were launching an inquiry into the service following the investigation.