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The British Council cancels IELTS in Nepal following government’s restrictions

The British Council has cancelled International English Language Test (IELTS) following the move of the Nepal government to issue prohibitory orders in Kathmandu as an attempt to contain the spread of coronavirus.

The Cabinet on Monday decided to impose restrictions in all the activities except the most essential service as the coronavirus cases spiked in the different parts of the country including in the Capital.  “In light of the continually evolving COVID-19 situation and following the latest directive from the Government of Nepal, we have cancelled IELTS on paper as of 29 April 2021,” said the British Council in emails to its IELTS partners. “We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this has caused you.”

The British Council has said it has to stop the tests despite knowing that it is a huge disappointment to hundreds of those who have been working hard for the test. It has said that it is monitoring the pandemic situation in Nepal closely and would resume the tests once the Nepal government opens the restrictions. The prohibitory orders that will come into an effect on April 29 will continue May 14.

“We remain committed to fulfilling our responsibility of delivering examinations to the best of our ability, while prioritising your welfare and that of our staff and community,” it said. “We hope to be able to update you regarding your rescheduled test date soon.” The IELTS score is necessary to study in the different English speaking nations like the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and the United States among others.