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Canadian Varsity Removes Nigeria From Countries That Must Present Proof of English Test

The University of Alberta, Canada has taken out Nigeria’s name from the list of countries that must present a proof of English test.

Dr. Olumuyiwa, a Nigerian who is based in Canada, wrote a letter to the Unversity of Alberta requesting that Nigeria be removed from countries that have to present proof of English test before admission. 

His request was granted by the school as Nigerian students seeking admission into the school henceforth will not need an English test. 

Although the University of Alberta previously recognises some Nigerian schools as the ones whose students will not need an English test, Dr Igbalajobi’s request saw the school granting a full waiver.

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It is almost a standard practice in many foreign schools to ask for proof of English Language proficiency from students for who English is not the first language.

Dr Igbalajob also revealed in chat, that the rule was not proper since English is Nigeria’s official language.

He also argued that children in Nigeria are taught in English from elementary school, hence the demand was not necessary.

He said: “From my own lens of equality, diversity, and inclusion, this is just unfair. Nigeria is an English-speaking country and the mode of instruction from the elementary to the tertiary institutions is in Engish. Subjecting applicants to another round of English tests is annoying. The financial constraints have also prevented a lot of applicants from a shot to most of these universities.” 

The noble efforts of Dr. Igbalajob have drawn accolades from many Nigerians.

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