Some young Nigerians have taken to Twitter to call for a change to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) policy.
Nigerians seeking to further their education or greener pastures abroad despite speaking English as first language are required to take the language standard test.
The test currently costs N89,500 and the certificate is valid for just two years. Although not all schools require the IELTS test.
In addition to the over 25,000 Nigerians who have signed a petition for change to IELTS policy, some others took to their Twitter handles to slam the rip-off. Some wondered why the certificate is valid for just two years, when in comparison, the French language test certificate is valid for life.
Others slammed the IELTS as money-making scheme, saying there’s no need for Nigerians to write the test in the first place, seeing as English is our official language.
Here are some tweets calling for a change to the policy.
@DMarketing_Guy So many things are wrong about IELTS. Even if you insist on the so-called IELTS, why does it have to be so expensive and who does it expire after only 2year? Do we automatically unlearn english after 2 years?
@Joycexz I think people should be asking to stop #IELTS in total.
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@ChaserChuks For someone who graduated from a tertiary institution here, why is there a need to write IELTS? Is Nigeria not an English-speaking country? Or are we being taught in our local dialects? If they feel the need to make the IELTS mandatory, then it should be free for all applicants.
@OgbodoKUchenna1 The @BritishCouncil has to scrap the IELTS test for Nigerians. N89,500 for a test that will expire in 2 years? The English language is our goddamn official language, but we have to pay you to prove to you that we can speak it? You come to Nigeria without writing any language test.