- The British Council has been made aware of fraudster(s) impersonating the British Council and defrauding members of the public who are eager to take advantage of the newly introduced programme that allows qualified teachers who are non-UK citizens to work in the United Kingdom.
- The British Council has been made aware of this through members of the public who have contacted the organisation’s Kano office to confirm receipt of payment made to the fraudster(s), while others have been in contact to verify the authenticity of the fraudster’s claim.
- We can confirm that the UK Government is running a programme for non-UK citizens around the world who are qualified teachers to work in the UK. However, at the moment the British Council in Nigeria is not facilitating this process. Details of this process can be found using the following: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/teach-in-england-if-you-qualified-outside-the-uk/teach-in-england-if-you-qualified-outside-the-uk
- Please note the British Council is not collecting any funds to facilitate the process and neither are any of our partners collecting any funds on our behalf.
- The matter has been referred to the authorities for further investigation.
- The British Council has a strong track-record of supporting peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and Nigeria through arts and culture, education and the English language. Through our collaborations with a variety of partners in Nigeria, we are focused on providing opportunities for young people to realise their potential and participate in strong and inclusive communities. For more details on our work visit www.britishcouncil.org.ng
Official: Reactive Statement in Response to Potential Fraud in Nigeria in Relation to the UK Teacher Migration Programme
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