The Canadian government has given reasons for British Columbia’s ban on Nigerian and other international students from some post-secondary institutions in the province.
Selina Robinson, the Canadian education minister explained that the move was to stop the misleading practice among the new colleges in the province.
According to the post-secondary education minister, an Indian woman in the province only discovered that the entire course would be taught online. The woman had been sponsored by her family and had expected in-person classes.
Robinson said that a student told her that the woman’s family had saved money for her to have a “quality education” in British Columbia. Still, she was placed in online classes upon her arrival.
“The woman did not understand why she spent all her money on an online programme,” she said.
Hence, the minister pointed out the need to stop the sector from misleading international students, which according to her was the reason for the ban.
British Columbia province announced its plan to ban post-secondary institutions from enrolling international students for two years stating that the move was to stop the “explosive practices” killing the system.
The development was announced by the post-secondary education minister, who said that the move was necessary as a result of the fault in the international education system which has not been working as well as it should.
According to a report by CBC News, Robinson disclosed that the province started looking into the system in March 2023 and discovered “poor-quality education, a lack of instructors”, and the “scaring away” of students to lodge formal complaints by certain private institutions.