Nigeria’s Federal Government has restricted students in Senior Secondary School one and two from enrolling and taking part in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, the National Examination Council, and National Business and Technical Examinations Board, externally.
The ban formed part of a circular distributed by the Federal Ministry of Education to principals of federal unity schools across the country.
According to the circular, the government will expel offenders from their schools.
The Ministry said the move would help maintain decorum and boost standards of education in schools.
The circular numbered FME/DBSE/US/DOC/III/16 and signed by the ministry’s Director Senior Secondary Education, Hajia Binta Abdulkadir reads;
“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”.
The circular was confirmed by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Ben Bem Goong, on Friday.