Nigerians sign petition to scrap English language test




The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari

Almost 50,000 Nigerians have signed a petition calling for an end to international English language tests that many see as unfair.

The mostly young petitioners are discussing the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), a test of English-language proficiency for non-native English-language speakers which is mostly managed by the British Council.

The petitioners argue that since English is Nigeria’s official language and the first language for many people here – a legacy of British colonial rule – the country should be exempt from the test.

The $200 (£151) test has a two-year validity and is mandatory for those that want to study in the UK, parts of Europe and the US.

Many people are wondering why the test expires after two years and consider it exploitative.

Others want the validity period of the test extended.