The Federal Government has prohibited students in Senior Secondary School 1 and 2 from applying for and sitting for external examinations administered by the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, the National Examination Council, and the National Business and Technical Examinations Board.
This was stated in a circular sent to principals of federal unity schools by the Federal Ministry of Education.
It was titled In the circular with the number FME/DBSE/US/DOC/III/16 and was signed by Hajia Binta Abdulkadir, the ministry’s Director Senior Secondary Education.
The circular was confirmed on Friday by Ben Bem Goong, Director of Press and Public Relations.
The circular threatened to expel any SSS One and Two students who participated in the exams.
The education ministry stated that this would help maintain decorum and raise educational standards in schools.
The circular read, “The ministry’s attention has been drawn to the flagrant disregard to its directive on (the) writing of external examinations such as NABTEB (NTC and NBC), WASSCE, NECO (SSCE) by SS1 and SS2 students.
“Students who are involved in the practice find it difficult to settle down on serious studies. They become unruly and distract other students from achieving their goals.
“Any student caught to have written any of the above examinations in SS1 or SS2 classes will be expelled from the college. All students must write these examinations after they have been duly registered for the examination by the college.
“All students of Federal Unity College should adhere strictly to the content of this circular. And Principals are advised to bring the content of this circular to the knowledge of all parents of the college”.