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WITH over 60,000 signatures on a petition on change.org to stop foreign universities from requesting English proficiency tests from Nigerians, the UK Home Office says changes will not be implemented soon.

THE UK Home Office responded to a request by Ebenezar Wikina, founder of Policy Shapers, an open-source policy platform, which asked the Home Office to provide its criteria for exempting countries from taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).


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Foreign universities demand the IELTS as a requirement for admitting international students.

While the IELTS tests are expensive, and fees more than double the minimum wage in Nigeria, the test results are valid only for two years.

“To be included on the Majority English Speaking Country (MESC) list, we must have evidence that most people in the country (more than half) speak English as a first language,” the UK Home Office said.

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The UK Home Office does not officially recognise 27 Anglophone countries in Africa as English speaking countries.

However, the UK Home Office exempts citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, and 10 other countries from taking the test.

“We rely on publicly available evidence such as official censuses to make this determination along with other academic sources. We may also consult the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office where additional evidence is required.

“Currently, on the information available to us, Nigeria does not meet the requirement. This list is periodically reviewed and updated, and new countries are added if they are found to meet the requirements,” the letter read.

Speaking with The ICIR, Wikina said that the campaign would continue but stakeholders would meet to decide the next course of action to the UK Home Office response.

“Policy Shapers will be hosting a stakeholders strategy session next week to plan for next steps with the campaign and bringing together all parties concerned,” he said.

The #ReformIELTSPolicy campaign on Twitter, also initiated by Policy Shapers, received the endorsement of the Vice President of Nigeria Yemi Osinbajo, who believes Nigerians deserve an exemption from the test as former British colonies.

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69 COMMENTS

  1. In my opinion, the policy shapers have taken a good step airing the silent cries of millions of Nigerians. Although we do not expect that the UK should easily yield to our request, but the pace has been set and we are hopeful. Even if IELTS would not be waved for us, it should be made a one-off test- you do it once and for all instead of this biennial thing.

  2. The population of English speakers in Nigeria far exceed that of the UK according to information, Nigerians are waking up already.

  3. There is no justification whatsoever for the fees. As per comments posted by many, some of their own citizens can’t even communicate is proper English. So what if you make a couple of written spelling mistakes. Let them learn not only to speak but to write in one of our own local languages before their citizens are given visas to Nigeria. The British government have always seen Nigerians as cash cows! This is unacceptable, the government of Nigeria need to address this with the UK government.

  4. Where do you think the Uk is funding their system? Millions if not billions of pounds are generated from visa applications and tests. Their visa application fee remain the highest in the world.
    Lot of their children and young ones can’t write good English. They can’t put in writing their voice. I have the opportunity to work with over 20 children in the last 36 months, some barely can’t write a sentence.
    As for IELTS, the cost should be reduced to the minimal and validity scrapped.

  5. I think the IELTS should be scrapped for Nigeria. As stated, a country where the first language of the citizens is english; where the students are taught from kindergarten to university in English; where the workforce communicates in English should be enough basis for it to be scrapped. people having having spelling errors in their writing is not enough criteria to keep the system. Afterall, not even all in the UK are educated. Does that mean those ones that can speak English but cannot write or read in the UK are no longer citizens? Or does the Uk want to prove that they don’t have such citizens in their country?

  6. For one thing, the fee for IELTS is exorbitant. If not scrapped entirely, it should be free or much cheaper than it is right now. Since slavery is now understood as a crime, why do we keep referring to the perpetrators as “masters”? Will you keep calling a bully “master”? The expression “colonial master” is disgusting to me. It’s high time we stopped using it. It’s a crime committed in the past, it should not be glorified in any way. No offense to their descendants. For those asking why Nigerians are still relocating overseas, the whole earth is our home. Anyone should be free to reside anywhere he chooses – but at will, not be some force as during colonialism. Foreigners are here in Africa too.
    Something to ponder: Do all students in the UK pass English exams?

  7. Would you keep calling a bully your master? That expression “colonial master” is disgusting to me. It’s a crime committed against nations. It is high time we stopped calling perpetrators of such crime “masters”. As regards IELTS, anyone with a credit in English should not have to take the test. And for those who might have to take the test(if it’s not entirely scrapped), the price should be a lot cheaper. Why should taking a test be that expensive if it’s not what it has been called by many – “milking the cow”?

  8. My submission on this matter:
    It is in the curriculum for every school in Nigeria to have it’s students taught in English Language and the official language in the country is also English Language. I wouldn’t know where Yochuku is speaking.

    In Nigeria, our native languages are gradually going into extinction as most of our Nigerian parents are well schooled in English Language and sees it as “local” to have their kids speak in their native tongues so they choose the endless use of English Language over their respective Native Language and by so doing, sponsor directly the extinction of our various Native Languages. In few decades from now, most Nigerian families will not be able to understand or speak their Native Languages but English and yet we are not acknowledged by the great British counsel.

    Most of us pay through our nostrils just to take the IELTS all in the name of getting an Education or a Job but the irony of it is, we pay such a huge amount of money and make great sacrifices only to come help grow the economy of your country and yet you seat under the disguise of helping us. I see this approach as that of an opportunist, seizing every opportunity to empty our great country, Nigeria of it’s resources such as Money and Man power all in the name of IELTS which will eventually expire after 2 years and one will be expected to pay again for another test.

    My question is directed to the British Counsel, Tell me please, WHAT IS YOUR AIMS AND OBJECTIVES?

  9. IELTS exam is a fraud, British money making system targeted at the most populous black nation -Nigeria formerly colonized by them.
    Ironically Nigeria remains the country in Africa with highest English speaking citizens.
    English is official language everywhere in Nigeria. The national assembly uses English language for their plenary sittings, NEC meeting uses English at their meeting but these corrupt leaders won’t fight for their citizens against foreign neocolonialism just because of benefits they derive from corrupt deals entered between them and the British government.
    If your government can fight other countries coming to recruit doctors in their country is that the government that will fight against IELTS fraud? The answer is “No”.
    How can a language learnt through out your formative years from kindergarten to university, then IELTS expire in your head every two two years as an adult? Are you suffering from amnesia?
    If you think the whites are not corrupt then you are wrong.
    They know what they are doing and it is unfortunate that they are being aided by our corrupt leaders to milk us poor the more as the poverty headquarter of the world.
    The British government taking advantage of our helpless situation we find ourselves between the “Devil and deep Blue sea”.I weep for the UK rush from fire to fry pan there await racism a long battle for you.
    Good luck!!!!

  10. I believe IELTS should not be scrapped, because I’ve come across many Nigerian graduates who sadly have a poor grasp of the English Language. However, I believe that the validity period should be scrapped. If you pass the test once, it should be valid for a lifetime.

  11. Kofi Amoah.
    I guess somehow it’s a good idea to have this proficiency test based on work provision and its related issues. Yet it’s unfair to fail an applicant whose visa fee is as quadruple equivalent as an exam taker.
    This IELTS exam fee is some 230 pounds there about.
    I guess this approach is a pre-visa interview which should be included in the visas charge but not a separate one which is that huge.

    African heads of state are weak and should have spoken about this subjection.
    The western world is insinuating, they could live alone without us, yet there are many institutions headed by Africans.

    It’s unfortunate to see this mischief going on.

  12. By reciprocal policy, Nigerian government should apply same requirement to British citizens seeking entry into Nigeria. They should be required to take tests in our local languages. It is ridiculous that they presume that English is not our first language despite being the official language and language for teachings in our educational institutions.

    What is the statistical data relied on to show how many people from exempted countries including the United kingdom will be successful if required to take the test?

  13. The same policy should apply to British citizens seeking entry into Nigeria. They should be required to take tests in our local languages since they presume that English is not our first language. How many people from exempted countries including the United kingdom will be successful if required to take the test?

  14. A cash cow and avenue to defraud by the British system.. . That is the way they roll all over the globe. Nigeria is a center point as so many people in Nigeria love to travel to the UK.

  15. The IELTS should exempt people with formal education completed in English at least to GCSE level.

    It is a revenue exercise for the British so they will not look to remove Nigeria from the list any time soon

  16. The focus, from my view, shouldn’t be to remove the quality criteria, but to bring changes that will standardize the system right from the basic level.
    The Waec and Neco systems of examinations have so far been compromised by manipulative government policies that ensues ineffiencies in delivery. This added to some conventional attitudes cultural to Nigerians have seasoned the questionable certifications obtained locally. Products of inefficiencies are inefficiently managing the system.
    The ideal way out is for the introduction and conduct of international curriculum into Nigeria’s school system right from the primary school level through to secondary schools and such exams as Oxford and Cambridge ‘O’ level and ‘A’ level to be sat within the Nigeria territory. I believe, this will check several of the lapses observers have documented including those not quite obvious in the open.

  17. I think only few people are seeing the big picture in this issue. It’s a big source of income to the UK and you want them to scrap or extend the duration.

    Why don’t we ask how many of these exempted countries travel to go and study in the UK like Nigerians? They ain’t making money from them like they do from us. I think it’s a way of telling us we make mistake given you early independence, hence we have to milk you to recover lost wealth.

    It’s not debatable to me for a Nigerian to take this test because if right from kindergarten I have been taught English to a first degree level or I have written the school entry test and passed, you can’t ask me to come and write another test especially in a language. Is it a swimming, driving or flying test that requires human safety?

    Seriously, this has to stop or be taken free and left to the school to carry out their test. It’s another form of colonisation.

    Even if we dey speak pidgin no mean say we can’t speak and write correct English. And if some graduates cannot write or speak good English does not imply they can’t do well. English language is not a magic wand – what am I saying sef, is not a criteria for making money or putting food on the table.

    Please UK, you are even losing income denying my brothers and sisters who are desirous to travel and study in your country. Nna know what I mean?

  18. Famous Martin
    Most especially the expiration of just two years, for crying out loud Nigeria is a British colony, it our right, your right and my right to stand against this fraudulent act that is been perpetrated by our colonial masters. This is preposterous, let’s stand up for what is right, fair and just.

  19. Famous Martin
    Most especially the expiration of just two years, for crying out loud Nigeria is a British colony, it our right, your right and my right to stand against this fraudulent act that is been perpetrated by our colonial masters. This is preposterous, let’s stand up for what is right, fair and just.

  20. Brothers no need to panic over British reaping Nigerians it has been a norm to them but my assurance to them is that they will all be scammed and nothing will be left for them especially their women.

  21. It’s a scam. It has nothing to do with testing for English or any other rubbish excuse they give. It’s called ” milking the cow” in the UK. That’s what the UK and the rest of the developed or strong nations or former colonial masters are doing to the rest of the world. Unfortunately it happens every including Nigeria in various forms. Everybody and every nation is exploiting every situation or people to make money. This exam is no different from other forms of corruption by the west or UK in this case. We need to stop being deceived and start exposing all these corrupt practices but within and outside Nigeria, otherwise it’s not gonna stop cos they ones doing it will not willing end something that’s enriching them

  22. It’s a scam. It has nothing to do with testing for English or any other rubbish excuse they give. It’s called ” milking the cow” in the UK. That’s what the UK and the rest of the developed or strong nations or former colonial masters are doing to the rest of the world. Unfortunately it happens every including Nigeria in various forms. Everybody and every nation is exploiting every situation or people to make money. This exam is no different from other forms of corruption by the west or UK in this case.

  23. I stand on the fact that the number of year of expiring be increase to like 5years if that is the case or be made free since its really a means of testing of English competency. Imagine pay such an amount times the number of participants, its crazy.
    I belief our voices will be heard someday, its so pathetic that even the very good ones can’t carry it out because of how huge the money is.

  24. It’s unfortunate that those supporting this exam especially for Nigerians don’t understand the world they live in, especially when it comes to the west and Nigeria, with special reference to the UK. Those supporting it should please tell me why a country like Nigeria should write the exam but Jamaica is exempt. You all supporting it simply don’t know or have the slightest idea of what is going on, and it’s called selective scam. It’s not just this exam, but with everything else the UK does with Nigeria. Oh if I may ask, what language does all the foreigners in Nigeria, including UK citizens speak when they are in Nigeria. But still English is not our official language to be exempt lolllll and still some people can’t read between the lines to see that it’s scam because we have the population and the wealth to pay for it which is why they don’t want to exempt us cos it is generating billions for them and they can’t lose it. This applies to other things like visa fees etc, where we Nigerians are charged more than other countries. So for those supporting the exam, please find out the meaning of the phrase ” milking the cow” and find which country uses it the most in the world. That’s what the UK and the other developed nations are doing to the rest of the world through various means

  25. Kenyans speak first class English even i wonder what the test is for? Honest truth is they should review the English test thing. And more so it doesnt make sense to repeat the test when renewing Visa!

  26. @ Victor, it is so wired that you could opt for such vocabulary to describe a language that facilitates communication between Francophone and Anglophone Countries in Africa. What you publicly tagged “rubbish” was created to bridge the gap between those who could communicate in British/American English. Pidgin English is a language of inclusion to cover the gap that emerged from the adoption of English language in Africa. I will advice you withdraw your statement because it shows you did not do any research before the publicity of your ideology

  27. I don’t have any issue with the exam, my problem is the validity of the certificate. For crying out loud, 2years? That’s too short. I have been complaining that Drivers License expires after 5years, and here we have a certificate of proficiency in a language expiring after 2years. Meaning, anyone who passes the test will automatically forget the language after 2years. Naaaa…. Keep the test IF need be, but the focus of this “campaign” should be on the length of validity.

  28. How many Nigerians speak English natively?
    Travel around Nigeria and you’ll most likely hear more of that rubbish called Pidgin than English, it’s their country, their rules, if you are sure you understand English, then the test should be simple stuff for you.

  29. Sadly, I agree with the testing.
    Although Nigeria is a former British colony and Nigerians speak and write English, I still often find the level of English proficiency alarming.
    Even common words that most children know, many Nigerians (even educated ones) have not grasped.
    It’s actually the reputation of Nigerians among other Africans, that they don’t really know the English language as you would expect, being a former colony.

  30. Nigerians likes to be emotional and overly sensitive about everything. No wonder we in such level of stagnation in our country. Did anyone force you to leave your country to other countries in search of greener pastures? Respect their laws and requirements; if you can’t afford it, please sit your ass down in your country.

    Don’t try to be special because we are not. Have you gone to the north and heard them speak any modicum of English? Heck even a lot of graduates from our universities can’t even properly communicate in english. Our local employers complain everyday because of their inability to trust the quality of graduates, and yet you expect a country that requires your best to accept anything just because ‘some’, a minority at that speak ‘English’. Mtchewww!

  31. Nigerians are more proficient in English than Jamaicans,you acknowledge what they speak as English,common this must be a joke,there’s need for immediate review of this ratings

  32. Is all true that we are being taken advantage because we badlyyyy want to travel there.
    So they see our rush, urge and what else do you want them to do.

  33. I think foxes cant take away from its benefit of IELTS exam and its 2 year verification show that i am truth about it. I asking GOD return these foxes to their ancestors i mean monkies

  34. Nigerians should be exempted from writing the IELTS exams. First Nigeria has Nobel price winner in literature. I doubt if all the UK board members that organise this exam can read and summarise one of prof. Wole Soyinka’s book- “the interpreters”. The UK board should give reasonable answers to the following questions: 1, why should IELTS result or certificate Expire, when B.sc HND, M.sc, PhD, e.t.c don’t expire?
    2, If the aim is not to systematically extort money from Nigerians in particular, why is the exam not FREE?
    3, what is colonisation?
    4, in which areas was Nigeria colonised by the UK?
    5, Nigerians in particular is one country that has so much allow western (foreign) language (English) to take center stage in their educational system, what other proficiency do need from them?
    6, should all Nigerians speak like; prof chinua Achebe, prof Wole Soyinka, Chimamanda Adichie, Ngozi Okonjo , e.t.c before the UK understands that we are English speaking.
    Note, in Nigeria , we have Nigerian borns who can’t speak their mother tongue except English and have never traveled out of Nigeria, pls. Where did they learn that if not from Nigeria?

  35. In my opinion, a British student will find it very hard to pass our jamb here not to talk of waec. Ielts is the easiest exam I wrote this is because it has speaking, and listening which we don’t have here. In European countries, their English exams have similarities with Ielts. In Russia, ОГЭ and ЕГЭ have similarities with Ielts too. We just like to make things hard for ourselves in Nigeria and the whites enjoy making it even harder because that’s what we like. An average Nigerian student will pass Ielts in flying colors if we follow the same style in Jamb and Waec. Once Ielts becomes pure water, this fight will be easy to fight.
    How many English books in Nigeria has listening and videos?

  36. I think if they are after evaluation of English language proficiency, and require funds in administration of the exam, then the exam fees should be lower than the minimum wage of the countries for which it is required. For example, if the minimum wage is 100 USD and 70 USD in Nigeria and Ghana respectively, then the IELTS fee should be Below 100 USD and 70 USD respectively for both countries.

    Further, another commenter cited that the Certificate should be valid for more than two years. The truth is, this is helpful for us and important since no sane person loses proficiency of a language he or she passed before. I think after the first exam, one can be exempted from writing another one in lieu of a simple interview to check the candidate’s English language proficiency.

    But can we look at the bright side?
    Since the multinational companies from the Western world are all in search of cheap labour market and move their industries to Africa, why don’t we require language test from them. After all, we can assume we are unable to verify if more than 50% of their citizens speak English.

    We don’t always have to be at the bottom of the system.

  37. What rules@Yochuku…the scam can’t continue. Nigerian speak and write in English. Unfortunately some persons like you who claim to be a Nigerian will always try your possible best to support the long practice act of frauding Nigerians and other Anglophone black nations. The beliefs that you can use avenue of migration to your country a means of scam that era is coming to an end. We know better and we will certainly do better fighting the trend to finish. We are English speaking people. From elementary to University, English is used to tutor all subject except for languages such as French, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Spanish, Efik to mention a few.
    Michael

  38. Thank you @ anonymous, this Yochuku, is just blabbing rubbish with extraordinary confidence. The fact is that, there is a need to confirm and be sure of your claims before making them, else you will look stupid. It is no news that English Language and Mathematics are the two compulsory subjects in Nigerians’ educational curriculum. You can’t elect them, you just have to take these subjects. It’s a must. So yochuku please be sure of your claims before ranting.

  39. I challenge UK to make the IELTS exam free if it is truly all about a test of English proficiency they are after.
    If that can’t be done, then we can confidently conclude that it is all about the revenue they get from it; which is the height cooperate scam going on with that process. I hope they reconsider their stand on this.

  40. Sincerely, If challenge UK to make the IELTS exam free if it is truly all about a test of English proficiency they are after.
    If that can’t be done, then we can confidently conclude that it is all about the revenue they get from it; which is the height cooperate scam going on with that process. I hope they reconsider their stand on this.

  41. The funniest part is the expiration of IELTS. So it means that after two years, people have forgotten how to speak English, write English or listen to an English conversation. Nigeria is blessed but not very lucky with leadership, that doesn’t mean we all should be taken for a ride.
    Even if they don’t want to stop making huge money from Nigerians, then a single IELTS result should be acceptable for 10years minimum.

  42. If you can’t take the English exam, don’t apply for an English speaking country. The rules apply for everyone. The IELTS is required off every country that doesnt have English as its first language.

  43. @Terry Reed, I can already spot one or two errors in your composition. You are not a good student of English either. Get the message, IELTS is nothing but fraud. It isn’t your fault though but that of your ancestors who came to milk us and subjected us to mental enslavement. Your ancestors designed a system that made us undervalue ourselves. Times are changing and a day is coming that all of these will be reversed. How on earth will you say an examination I sat for and passed will expire in tow years? I don’t know what to call it if it’s not fraud.

  44. @Terry Reed, I can already spot one or two errors in your composition. You are not a good student of English either. Get the message, IELTS is nothing but fraud. It isn’t your fault though but that of your ancestors who came to milk us and subjected us to mental enslavement. Your ancestors designed a system that made us undervalue ourselves. Times are changing and a day is coming that all of these will be reversed. How on earth will you say an examination I sat for and passed will expire in tow years? I don’t know what to call it if it’s not fraud.

  45. After going through all the 6,3,3,4.system English is Nigeria mother tongue,why all these frustrations we being going through outside the countries,I don’t think lELTS is relevant to any English speaking countries,so let not the British stop deceiving us especially we Nigerians.

  46. @ghozt, thank you so much for your comment. You have just given the full summary of this whole IELTS scam by the British
    2 years certificate expire. Hmmmmm biggest scam

  47. Nigeria is a country where UK make their money that is why are are frustrating us with this English language test. If Nigerians do not write the test they can’t make money from other countries in that department. United Kingdom are reaping Nigerians.

  48. As I have mentioned above, some of the comments I just posted are found with some typing errors not noticing of prior to posting of the comments, and this does not justify that I do not possess the ability to interact or communicate easily with fellow English man. Thank you all

  49. My comment towards Terry Ree: you specifically commented in this forum that mist comments on the subject matter indicates faulty grammar, kindly no permit me to ask you this; can you please identify a person fluent in grammar without any error(s) committed in sentences? Communications is not all about perfection in grammatical composition, but in understanding of message(s) been passed across.

  50. Their inability to provide a census is why we cannot prove that we are an English speaking country. We need a yearly head count in that country just like they do here in the UK.

  51. @ Terry Reed

    Too many African students are simply not good enough academically, then get angry when the fail. Many overstay in the UK, which costs our tax payers massive amounts of money to get them removed. Africans did not like being colonized in the past, yet feel they have a right to live in the UK. Two wrongs do not make a right.

    First, you don’t seems to understand the point here or probably you also do not understand English. The question is very simple, how on earth would someone passed IELTS then after after 2years, it expires? Then all Degree Certification students obtained and achieved at your country institutions by international students globally should also have expiring date. Why Masters Degree, PhD and Doctorate Holder would be sitting for IELTS to either relocate or process PR from home country, this is an insult seeking Holders of the above stated to be going through IELTS. So Terry Reed, stop beating around the bush, it’s obvious you all are Racist and do not pretend as if the Board don’t know the truth, because truly you are ripping people’s off of their hard earn.

    Kindly do not fool us, Africans are the most intelligent people in the world. I figured you’re indulging in an unrestrained way in something that you finds pleasurable. Keep wallowing with your foolishness.

    Once English is passed at any A Level, IELTS should not be relevant. This is why the entire body and organizers of this program are all fraud. Thank you.

  52. To be sincere this is a source of income for the UK and will be difficult to set aside by them , how can you colonized a country and tell them they are not considered to be English speaking nation , what then did you colonized them with because I was taught in English language in Nigeria and not Hausa, Yoruba or Igbo. This is book extortion. The same thing goes to all this Europe and America embassies who collect visa fees and will not give you visa using Nigeria as their market to enrich their country and making u feel inferior

  53. Honestly this issue of English proficiency test for Nigerians is uncalled for. From kindergarten to PhD students are thought in English in Nigeria, I see no reason why it’s a prerequisite to further education abroad, even to a point of paying money for the test. This is bad and should be revoked for Nigerians.

  54. All comments on this subject demonstrate faulty English grammar, which proves the point, an exam is needed in order to reject students from UK universities unless they posess a good enough standard of English. Too many African students are simply not good enough academically, then get angry when the fail. Many overstay in the UK, which costs our tax payers massive amounts of money to get them removed. Africans did not like being colonised in the past, yet feel they have a right to live in the UK. Two wrongs do not make a right.

  55. My point is that the validity of the IELTS certificate shouldn’t be just two years.
    It should be for lifetime, or in worse case scenario last for either five or ten years.

  56. Everybody knows the truth.The British,the US,The Canadian,they all know the truth,that most Anglophone countries in Africa,speak English as their National language,they read and write in English language,and their exams are conducted in English language.So why forcefully engage them in an exam that is meant for non English speaking countries.That is an extortion.Just using the Anglophone countries to make money.

  57. In addition to other reasons stated for the request to exempt Nigeria from IELTS,
    English language is the language of teaching in most Nigerian schools from nursery to university, English language is our medium of expression even at home. The first language a Nigerian child learns is English language most children can’t speak their own native language but they can speak and write English language.
    Another issue I see here is that, the population of Nigerians seeking admission to study abroad are enamors because of the numerous problems we have in the country, there is an opportunity to make huge sum of money from this test that they may not like to let go. It therefore requires Federal Government to write a special appeal to the UK and other relevant countries stating our reasons to exempt Nigeria as they have exempted some countries in the Common Wealth of Nations.

  58. Yochuku, you are definitely an imposter for posting this rubbish; your argument is totally baseless. Nigeria’s official language is English and students in this country are taught in English. The UK government obviously sees Nigeria as a cash cow considering the population and the number of people seating for this exam.

  59. It’s only God that can intervene on this issue because I have a strong belief that corruption is the major thing behind this IELTS in Nigeria. Why will Nigeria be exempted from those that shouldn’t write the test??? Where this government will take us to, na only dem Sabi we go shall survive.

  60. @Yochuku,who skips English grammar back home?speak with facts .There is NO school in Nigeria that English grammar is not compulsory.Two compulsory subject are English and Maths…so don’t go saying things you do not know.

  61. Very unfair generalisation. If you are indeed Nigerian, you should know by now that it is more about the money for the British government than it is about the test of the English language. And why does it have to be two years validity, You might as well be renewing your degree every two years then.

  62. It’s rather unfortunate the excuse the British representative gave concerning the IELTS.

    As at today, all secondary and tertiary institutions in Nigeria relates and teaches in English. What other evidence is needed.

    From the outset of this campaign, my fears are that the money made every week by the British council will impossible to let go.

    We need a strong political will as a nation to stop them

  63. The request is utterly ridiculous. Back home in Nigeria, students think it’s fashionable to skip English grammar; hence they turn the rules upside down. The IELTS standards should not be lowered for Nigeria.

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AN ABUJA Magistrate Court on Wednesday granted Amira Sufyanu bail and ordered her to...

Lagos records $750m investment in one year

THE Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwoolu, has said the state witnessed a foreign direct...

IDA offers getting real fellowship

THE International Documentary Association (IDA) is inviting applications for its Getting Real Fellowship. The program...

Ex-Kano governor Shekarau dumps APC for NNPP

A FORMER governor of Kano State Ibrahim Shekarau has dumped the All Progressives Congress...

US wants TikTok removed from Apple, Google app stores over data breach concerns

The United States (US) Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has called on tech giants namely...
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