The mostly young petitioners are discussing the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), a test of English-language proficiency for non-native English-language speakers which is mostly managed by the British Council.
The petitioners argue that since English is Nigeria’s official language and the first language for many people here – a legacy of British colonial rule – the country should be exempt from the test.
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The $200 (£151) test has a two-year validity and is mandatory for those that want to study in the UK, parts of Europe and the US.
Many people are wondering why the test expires after two years and consider it exploitative:
We can’t let the @BritishCouncil continue to cash out on Nigerians through IELTS.
The way these western worlds are treating us after eating from us is despicable.
— Uncle Charles (@AkwariCharles) January 27, 2022
Lord, please let that IELTS petition go through 🤲
If Nigerians must write it we deserve the 6years validity period. Our country has already made life difficult for us enough 😩
— 𝓞𝓴𝓸𝓷𝓴𝔀𝓸 🟢 (@nancygreeny) January 25, 2022
— Annie (@_riwo_) January 27, 2022
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