By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoaâ€”Bayelsa State government has outlawed the registration of external candidates for the 2010 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations.
The move may have been informed by the abysmal performance recorded two years ago by the stateâ€™sÂ candidates in the West African School Certificate Examinations and the National Examinations Council.
The stateâ€™s Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Josephine Ezonbodor, who ordered principals in public schools to adhere strictly to the directive, said external candidates were a threat to the modest gains the state had in studentsâ€™ performance in the just concluded academic session in the WAEC examination and the NECO examamination
He noted with happiness that in the last academic session, Bayelsa came first in studentsâ€™ performance in NECO, while it came third in the WAEC/SSCE in the country.
Ezonbodor appealed to principals of secondary schools to ensure that the state maintained and improved on the success of last session.
According to her, external candidates can disrupt the orderly conduct of the examinations which had resulted in cancellation of results in the past by the examination bodies.
She, therefore, directed the school heads to submit their school year books and other academic records to the Ministry of Education before 29 January, stressing that the records would enable the ministry ensure scientific planning and project implementation for schools.
She also advised the school heads not to collect NECO or WAEC examination fees from students, irrespective of the states of origin as the government had accepted responsibility to pay the feeson behalf of students.
The commissioner, who warned that any school head found extorting money from candidates would be prosecuted, urged them to help set up parents/teachers associations in their schools so communities could participate in the administration of public schools in the state.