Wednesday, 26 January 2022 13:44

Over 33,000 sign petition to stop foreign institutions from demanding IELTS

Over 33,000 have signed a petition to stop foreign institutions from demanding an English proficiency test, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) from Nigerians.

Checks by The Nation show the petition on titled “Stop asking Nigerians to write IELTS” has 33,800 signatures as at the time of filing this report.

IELTS is one of the world’s known English language tests for work, study and migration. It is an international standardised test of English language proficiency.


Annually, thousands of young Nigerian migrants take IELTS tests physically in different locations all over Nigeria as part of the requirements to secure admissions into universities overseas or work abroad.

The Nation learnt the test costs over N80,000 per time and expires after two years.

One has to re-sit if they have not been successful with their applications for UK scholarships.

But many Nigerians lamented that they had lost several opportunities because they could not afford the high cost of the test despite having tertiary education in English language.

Many social media users have taken to Twitter to proffer logical requests with the hashtag — #ReformIELTSPolicy topping Twitter trendsmap.

Some of the requests include cancellation of two-year expiry clause, including Nigeria in the UKVI exemption list, reducing test cost and increasing validity period .

The founder of Policy Shapers, Ebenezar Wikina, said: “Nigeria is not a French-speaking country but if a Nigerian writes DELF for N16,000, the result is valid for life but despite being an English-speaking country, I have to write IELTS for N89,500 and my result expires in 2 years Do the math! #ReformIELTSPolicy #IELTS #TOEFL.”

Another user, Samuel Ajayi said: “I join Nigerians asking for a change in IELTS policy. Why should my English proficiency expire after 2yrs? I heard the French proficiency test does not expire & it’s way cheaper than IELTS Help spread this till they respond. It’s a win for all. @UKinNigeria #ReformIELTSPolicy”

Jacob Sule advised: “Dear Ambassador, To further strengthen the partnership between Nigeria and UK, I join fellow Nigerians in solidarity to say #ReformIELTSPolicy, As you know, english is our official language. Therefore, the 2yrs validity of the #IELTS & it’s subsequent expiration is no longer acceptable.”


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  • Comment Link Ogbe Ochai Wednesday, 26 January 2022 18:19 posted by Ogbe Ochai

    China of all countries does not even ask us for such nonsense! To school in China, you only have to com e from an english speaking country or have done your previous degree in English to be qualified; and this is a country that before now, never had anything to do with us. So, if China can be this sensible, why should the UK, US and Canada be asking for this kind of requirement of us! We were part of the same Empire, speak the same ligua franca etc.

  • Comment Link Simon Jeji Majimre Wednesday, 26 January 2022 16:53 posted by Simon Jeji Majimre

    Please as a matter of fact, this should be urgently look upon with all sense of seriousness. Students that could have become great scientist, leaders etc were denied the opportunity of exploring their potential in the name of IELTS result. For English speaking country like Nigeria were you study English from primary to tertiary education no matter the course one is studying, why do we need to show our IELTS results before been admitted?
    No matter how we will study English, we will never be professional than the one who invented English as a language.
    And how scientific that speaking English is one true test of ability?
    Please stop making it a compulsory requirement.