University drops English proficiency test for Nigerians

The Athabasca University in Canada has officially added Nigeria to the list of countries that do not require English language proficiency before admission, writes Adebola Ajayi for Peoples Gazette

Olumuyiwa Igbalajobi, a Nigerian postdoctoral research fellow in Canada, said in a tweet on Monday 18 July that Nigeria was added to the list of countries exempted from the English language proficiency requirement at Athabasca University. “Glad to inform you all that Nigeria and other English-speaking African countries have been added to the List of Countries exempted from the English Language Proficiency Requirement at Athabasca University,” @olumuyiwaayo tweeted.

Igbalajobi said he had written an email to the Canadian university that Nigeria should be exempted from countries that must present proof of their English language proficiency before admission. In a mail addressed to the management of Athabasca University in Canada on 9 June 2022, Igbalajobi explained to the university management that Nigeria’s official language is English which is predominantly used as a means of communication in schools and workplaces.
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