Skip to comments.Calls to scrap Australia's written citizenship test
Posted on 07/27/2011 3:59:03 PM PDT by naturalman1975
THE federal government faces calls to scrap Australia's written citizenship test because it is too hard for thousands of migrants who cannot understand the questions.
New Australians are refusing the test for fear of failing and being deported, with just 9043 migrants applying from October to December last year when there should have been about 30,000, The Daily Telegraph reported.
A submission to the Inquiry into Multiculturalism said almost 23 per cent of Sudanese migrants, 17.5 per cent of Afghanis and 16 per cent of Iraqis fail to pass the test on first or subsequent attempts.
The NSW Teachers' Federation demanded the government drop the written questions and return to a "basic spoken English test" as used in the past.
"The citizenship test requires near native-speaker competence in English," the federation's submission says.
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God forbid that we might want Australian citizens to have near native-speaker competence in English.
Bear in mind that virtually anybody living in Australia who is eligible to apply for citizenship will already have a permanent residency visa - they are not in danger of being deported, they can live here, work here, do most things here - can't vote, serve on juries, things like that, but they can do most things. We're not kicking people out because they can't pass an English test. But if they want to be a citizen, they are expected to pass a test that shows they have good English skills and a decent understanding of basic Australian culture and history. 23% of Sudanese migrants fail the test the first time they try it - that means 77% pass. When three quarters can pass it, it doesn't seem unreasonably hard either.
If the NSW Teachers' Federation regards that as unreasonable, it tells us a lot about the NSW Teachers' Federation.
A Citizenship test SHOULD be hard...
I thought they spoke Strine down there...
national suicide, like Londonistan and EUSSR
When you see how badly teachers do on any tests of teacher-competency, you can imagine they're concerned about being out-performed, even replaced, by newly-arrived migrants from Sudan. Bad for the teachers' self-esteem, you know!
Gee, I wanto be a docter. But them docter tests scare me!
Kin I just get the docter prise anyway?
And so it starts.
Crikey! I had to learn Strine before I could communicate with people here. Not only that, I had to learn to add “our” to words like “labour” and “colour” and then “re” to “centre” so when I wrote they could understand me. Seems the world liberals want to turn their countries over to those who don’t want to or can’t assimilate.
Heck, why bother with a visa or other silly government paperwork. Just let ‘em all come and go as they please like we do in America. Really, what could possibly go wrong?
Why are “Sudanese, Afghanis, and Iraqis” coming to Australia anyway?
Because Sudan, Afghanistan, and Iraq are s**tholes.
Will the Aussies flunk you for writing "gray" instead of "grey" or "color" instead of "colour"?
I just passed it with no preparation, it is all common sense.
Yo What ah wuz sayin` wuz ah had ta learn Australian lingo ta git along down here just like mammy.
It cost me points on English assignments in a Canadian high school in the late '70s.
Do not lower your standards for any reason.
Great advice to live by.
Question #8: (T or F) Putting a shrimp on the barbie means decorating a children’s doll with prawns.
Tells you a lot about those savages trying to become citizens...they're going to knock the collective IQ down along with buildings as well.
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