Nigeria: English Proficiency Test, an Advantage for Nigerians - UK Envoy

2022/06/27 21:00:00

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The cost of the test, which currently stands between N80,000 and N90,000 in Nigeria , is almost three times the country's minimum wage of N30,000.

Ms Laing, who spoke in an exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES, noted that records have shown that Nigerians do well in the tests."So, it is actually an advantage for Nigerians who can pass much more easily than a lot of other people can," she added.

A key argument by groupsThe British High Commission in Nigeria had earlier in the yearApart from its high cost, the test is only valid for two years and can only be taken in 12 cities across the country.According to Ms Laing,"English is the official language of many countries around the world but we have to set a clear uniform standard. It is standard practice across the globe so we could not give particular special treatment to anyone."

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The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing , has said the English proficiency test imposed on many seekers of academic and other types of opportunities in the United Kingdom (UK) confers more advantage on Nigerians than citizens of other nations required to take such tests.Mahlubandile Nqoma and Theophillus Mncedi Pato, both 49, are accused of swindling unsuspecting victims out of hundreds of thousands of rand.June 26, 2022 "For this crucial information, a reward of R100 000 is offered if the perpetrators are arrested.Mahlubandile Nqoma and Theophillus Mncedi Pato, both 49, are accused of swindling unsuspecting victims out of hundreds of thousands of rand.

Ms Laing, who spoke in an exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES, noted that records have shown that Nigerians do well in the tests. ". “The duo are alleged to have purported to be estate agents..  The suspects allegedly then opened fire on the group, leaving four people dead and one injured.. The victims were asked to deposit monies into the bank accounts of the suspects and they did so but never got their houses,” said Mgolodela. As far as I am concerned, it is actually an asset and an advantage to Nigerians compared to many others," she said. “The matter was reported to the Hawks and investigations were done which culminated in the arrest of the duo.

Ms Laing added that she does not think that the test constitutes any problem for Nigerians, saying they"actually do well in the English proficiency test. They made their short court appearance and they were released on bail.  The two officers were on standby to take calls, and callers could choose to remain anonymous, Traut said." "So, it is actually an advantage for Nigerians who can pass much more easily than a lot of other people can," she added. Controversy Nigerians have recently debated whether Nigerians should take the English proficiency tests, particularly the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for migration to many countries in the global north including the UK.” Nqoma and Pato appeared in the East London magistrate's court on the same day and were released on bail of R1,000 each. A key argument by groups the test is that Nigeria as a former British colony and Engish-speaking country should not be required to take it. We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. The price of the test has also been described as a ripoff. TimesLIVE. TimesLIVE.

The British High Commission in Nigeria had earlier in the year told this newspaper that individual test providers were responsible for fixing test prices. It, however, added that"UK Visas and Immigration stipulate that the fees the providers charge our customers must be comparable to the fees they charge others for the same or similar English language tests. Invest in the future today." Apart from its high cost, the test is only valid for two years and can only be taken in 12 cities across the country. Clarifications The Home Office, however, earlier explained that Bachelor's Degree holders or its equivalent will not need to take a Secure English Language Test (SELT) if it is verified by UK Ecctis and that the degrees"meet, or exceed the recognised standard of a UK bachelor's, master's or doctorate degrees". According to Ms Laing,"English is the official language of many countries around the world but we have to set a clear uniform standard..

It is standard practice across the globe so we could not give particular special treatment to anyone." However, in 2020, the UK Home office, which is said to be primarily in charge of the test, told the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that it did not have evidence that the majority of Nigerians speak English as a first language. "We do not have the required evidence that shows the majority of people in Nigeria speak English as their first language," it wrote in a reply to the BBC's enquiry. It added:"We must have evidence that at least 51 per cent of the population speaks English as a first language for a country to be included in the Majority English Speaking Country list." Nigerians, others kick Change.

org , asking why none of the over 20 anglophone countries in Africa is on the list of countries exempted from taking the test. Nigerians are not alone as other former British colonies are also asking for an exemption. Citizens of Ghana, Cameroon and Malawi have consistently made similar calls. Ghana's second deputy speaker of parliament, Andrew Asiamah, in February, mandated the parliament's Education and Foreign Affairs Committee to look into the IELTS policy as it relates to Ghanaians. His directive was a sequel to a statement by a fellow lawmaker, who expressed the view that the test was being used as a source of revenue for the UK government.

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