University excludes Nigeria from English test requirement

Olumuyiwa Igbalajobi, a Nigerian postdoctoral research fellow in Canada, recently got the University of Alberta, Canada, to exclude Nigerian students from its English language requirement, writes Chiamaka Okafor for Premium Times.

Igbalajobi, who hails from Ekiti State, South-west Nigeria, emailed and tweeted at the university’s official Twitter handle on 22 May, calling its attention to a list of select universities from Nigeria which meet the institution’s English language requirement. He wrote: “The official language in Nigeria is English which automatically translates to the fact that all academic programmes from elementary to tertiary education are taught in English.” Based on that, he argued, Nigeria should have been exempted entirely and not some select schools.

Nigerians have over the years, but most recently, intensified the campaign #ReformIELTS, which calls on foreign universities to exempt Nigeria from taking English requirement tests such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
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