- The Ministry of Education has frowned at the practice of allowing SSS one and two students to take WASCCE, NECO and NABTEB
- In a statement released on Friday, September 24, the ministry banned the practice and threatened to expel any student caught taking the exam
- The ministry explained that students involved in the practice find it difficult to settle down on serious studies
FCT, Abuja - The federal government has banned students in Senior Secondary School one and two from applying for and taking the external West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The Punch reported that the mentioned students are also banned from taking the National Examination Council (NECO) and National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB).
Legit.ng gathers that this was contained in a circular issued by the Federal Ministry of Education to principals of federal unity schools.
The circular was reportedly signed by the ministry’s Director Senior Secondary Education, Hajia Binta Abdulkadir and confirmed by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Ben Bem Goong, on Friday, September 24.
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FG threatens expulsion
The government threatened to expel any SSS One and Two students who take the exams.
The education ministry said the move would help to maintain decorum and boost standards of education 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."
According to the ministry, students can only take the exams after they have been duly registered by the colleges.
Students of federal unity colleges were asked to adhere strictly to the directive while principals were also advised to notify the parents.
WASSCE 2021: WAEC reveals when results will be available
Meanwhile, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has revealed when the results of the ongoing 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) will be available.
The examination council's director of public affairs, Demianus Ojijeogu, said the results will be out 45 days after the last paper is written.
Ojijeogu reportedly added that the certificates will also be available 90 days after the last paper is written. The examination started in Nigeria on Monday, August 16, and will end on Thursday, September 30.
WASSCE: Yahaya Bello reads riot act, warns against ‘miracle centres’ in Kogi
The state government said it would pay close attention to so-called centres as part of its efforts to tackle examination malpractices during the ongoing 2021 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) in the state.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting with exam monitors from the ministry and 21 local government areas, the state commissioner for education, science and technology, Wemi Jones, said the state would not allow such malpractices in the ongoing SSCE.
‘Miracle Centres’ are usually schools where teachers and invigilators closed their eyes to the examination malpractices by students.
WAEC says candidates without NIN won’t be allowed to register for 2022 WASSCE
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) said candidates would not be allowed to register for its school certificate examination from 2022 without their National Identification Number (NIN).
It was reported that the new condition was announced by the council's head of national office, Patrick Areghan, on Tuesday, August 10, in Lagos.
Areghan noted that beginning from 2022, the NIN will become a mandatory requirement before students will write the WASSCE.