When I was still serving as an elder in the late summer of 2006 in a congregation of JWs in SoCal we received a letter from the "Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses" (READ: the Governing Body) directing that ANYONE pursuing a higher education would be disqualified from privileges of service: Elder, Servant, Pioneer, etc. I remember this quite distinctly because I had just received by BA in Education in June a few months before this. In 2002, I had decided to pursue a degree under the Society's then current "it's a personal decision" policy and was quite shocked at their drastic policy change. I was also angry because (by implication*) I realized that I they were trying to make me (and anyone else that pursued a similar course) feel bad because they changed their mind.
Also, it was very clear that if that letter had come a few months earlier I would have been forced to make a decision to either quit school or be forced to resign as an elder! Completely ridiculous!!! I felt really bad for anyone that was currently in school and put in this dilemma by these capricious, insensitive louts.
I did not make a copy of that letter. Has anyone got a copy?
* The implication in the letter was words to the effect that anyone pursuing higher education had no faith in Jehovah or His organization and was a bad example. You get the idea.