Bow Valley College introduces an English proficiency exemption

Removing barriers for newcomers and international students

Calgary, March 20, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bow Valley College is announcing an exciting change to its admissions process for many international students and newcomers to Canada. Applicants from almost 50 countries around the world are now exempt from taking an English language proficiency test.

“Bow Valley College prides itself on removing barriers to learning. This landmark change provides students from countries where English is the primary language of education the opportunity to realize their academic dreams with a more seamless entry,” says Kara Mott, Dean, Enrolment Management and Registrar, Bow Valley College.

To qualify, applicants must provide transcripts that show completion of required secondary (high school) or post-secondary education. The change applies to virtually all Bow Valley College programs.

“As a former international student, I know firsthand what preparing for an English language proficiency test is like. An exemption for some of our prospective students means one less step, saving them time and money. It will be a game changer,” says Trisha Choudhury, Manager, International Student Recruitment, Bow Valley College.

Please visit our website for a list of countries now exempt from the English language proficiency test and details about the requirements.

About Bow Valley College 
Calgary and region’s only Comprehensive Community College — with 14,000 full- and part-time students, Bow Valley College helps Open Doors – Open Minds to in-demand jobs in Calgary, Alberta, and Canada. Our graduates contribute to the digital economy, careers in business, TV & film production, and serve on the frontlines of healthcare and social services. Bow Valley College invests in three applied research pillars: educational technology, social innovation, and health.


Shannon van Leenen, Senior Media Relations Specialist
Bow Valley College

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Right to protest should not infringe on the rights of others

With the country due to commemorate Human Rights Day tomorrow, President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africans should recall that the rights they enjoy today are the result of great sacrifices.

In his weekly newsletter to the nation, he said the right to protest should not infringe on the rights of others. The President said that South Africans should be clear that the right to protest does not give anyone the right to harass, intimidate or threaten anyone else.

He added that it does not give anyone the right to damage property or cause harm to any person.

“One person’s right to protest should in no way infringe on any other person’s right to life and dignity. It should not impede their freedom of movement and association, or their right to engage in their trade or profession without hindrance,” he said on Monday.

The President’s comments come as the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have embarked on a national shutdown.

“The rights that are enshrined in our Constitution cannot be taken for granted. Too many lives have been lost and too many people have suffered so that we may all be protected by a Bill of Rights that applies to all laws and that is the cornerstone of our democracy,” the President said.

The President said that as South Africans remember the events of 21 March 1960, when 69 peaceful protestors in Sharpeville were killed by the apartheid police, they need to be resolute in their defence of the right to peaceful protest.

The President emphasised that the Constitution is clear that the state must “respect, protect, promote and fulfil” all the freedoms contained in the Bill of Rights.

“Therefore, just as the state has a duty to uphold the right to peaceful protest, it has a responsibility to prevent any attempt to violate any of the other rights in the Constitution.

“It is well within the right of any person or organisation to call on fellow South Africans to freely join in acts of protest. But no-one should be forced, threatened or intimidated into joining that protest,” the President said.

In fulfilment of its constitutional responsibility to protect the rights of all people, the President said that government will always have measures in place to ensure that everyone who wants to go to work, travel for leisure and conduct business can do so in a safe and secure environment.

He said these measures include the deployment of security personnel across the country to ensure that law is observed.

The President emphasised that government will not allow anyone or any group to take the freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights away from them. –

Source: South African Government News Agency

Nelson Mandela Bay rejects calls for a shutdown

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality says it strongly condemns the call for a shutdown in the city and will not tolerate any incitement to commit violence or intimidation of those who do not wish to participate.

“The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will not shutdown during these tough economic times we need to open our economy – not shut it down,” the Mayor’s Office said.

“Whilst we respect the right to protest, South Africa is a Constitutional State that subscribes to the rule of law.”

The city said the planned protests led by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) falls on the day before we celebrate Human Rights Day on 21 March 2023, when many South Africans celebrate the dignity afforded to them by the South African Constitution.

“We want to assure the residents of Nelson Mandela Bay that 20 March 2023 will be a normal business day, contrary to the pronouncement by those advocating for any disruption.”

Meanwhile, the municipality said it has put measures in place to ensure that everyone who wants to go to work, travel for leisure and conduct business on this day does so in a safe and secure environment.

In addition, the city said anyone who intimidates, stops anyone from going to work, barricades the roads and highways and uses any form of violence to try and stop people from going on with their lives will face the full might of the law.

The Executive Mayor, Retief Odendaal, said the safety of citizens, property and infrastructure remains as the top priority.

“The impact of the planned shutdown will also have a significant impact on the city’s economy, and we cannot allow that. As an employee, you have the right to go to your place of employment; nobody can deprive you of that. The problem with the South African economy is that it’s not inclusive, but you won’t get a more inclusive economy by shutting it down.”

The city said the Nelson Mandela Bay law enforcement officers will be out in their numbers to protect the residents of Nelson Mandela Bay, whilst enforcing the law.

In addition, the South African Police Service (SAPS), metro police, traffic services, fire department, private security companies and neighbourhood watches will be working together to ensure citizens can move freely in and around the city.

“Our law enforcement agencies are ready to deal with anyone who seeks to cause disorder or anarchy. Acts of violence, intimidation and destruction of property are criminal offences and the police must arrest and prosecute those who commit such acts,” said Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Safety and Security, Lawrence Troon.

Meanwhile, the city said most communities and various sectors including various taxi associations, Road Freight Association, and organised structures have rejected the call to shutdown.

The municipality has urged residents to report incidents to the SAPS as swift action will be taken against any perpetrators.

“Our country has witnessed senseless acts of violence, destruction of property and assets and the loss of life, all in the name of protests. We respect the right to peaceful protests for which the Constitution makes provision, we are condemning the incitement to violence and the intimidation and blatant threats to people’s lives and livelihoods.”

The Nelson Mandela Bay calls on communities, faith leaders, our organised labour movement, formations of women, youth and our business sector, to join hands and condemn those seeking to wreak havoc.

Source: South African Government News Agency