Call grows for Canadian PSE to drop English proficiency tests for Nigerian students

The call for Canadian institutions to drop their English proficiency tests for Nigerian students has continued to grow, reports CBC. English is Nigeria’s official language, explains University of British Columbia postdoctoral researcher Olumuyiwa Igbalajobi, and the language tests can be expensive and frustrating for students who have studied exclusively in English. “If you talk about inclusion, make it real, do not make it a smoke screen,” said Igbalajobi. Students have also expressed that the test is “pointless” because they have studied in English their whole lives. The University of Prince Edward Island is considering changing its proof of English proficiency policy. If this change is enacted, transcripts from a Nigerian school where the language of instruction is English would also be considered proof of English proficiency. CBC Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.