The UK’s higher Education Commission in Nigeria has responded to the protest of Nigerians against mandatory IELTS testing.
Last week, more than 60,000 Nigerians signed a petition demanding that all Secure English Language Tests (SELT) be either removed or be made available at a cheaper price.
They expressed that despite being an anglophone country where English is the official language and the medium of instruction in schools, the UK still mandates Nigerians who want to move to Britain to sit for overpriced tests such as IELTS and TOEFL.
The Nigerians took to social media platforms expressing their grievances.
In response, the UK’s government said that anyone willing to study or work in the UK needs to prove their language competency. They said that the government uses the CEFR framework to determine the required language standard.
Despite the outburst, no significant changes in the UK’s policy for Nigerian citizens’ entry policies have been made.
However, in consolation, Nigerian students with a bachelor’s degree that is verified by the UK Ecctis (meeting or exceeding the standard of a UK degree) will be exempt from taking any SELT examination.