By Temitope Mustapha Abuja
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board says it has adopted a policy of score standardisation in which Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination candidates cannot score zero, even if they are absent from the examination.
The board explained that apart from absentee candidates, candidates who did not attempt any question or who did not get any answer correctly were also captured under the policy and would be awarded what they call, “A common scale with uniform metric.”
No zero score
According to JAMB, the score standardisation policy means that all candidates who are registered for a paper will be awarded a score for that paper, and there would be no zero score.
The board stated this in a paper presented by its Registrar, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, in it’s weekly publication.
Oloyede, in conjunction with other experts, made the presentation on score standardisation at the 45th International Association for Education Conference held in Azerbaijan.
The board said, “The adoption of the score standardisation is a technical procedure for transforming candidates’ raw scores in the different subjects taken by each candidate to a common scale with uniform metric or units, which is the globally accepted procedure.
“The general public hardly understands nor appreciates why scores should be transformed and this has been generating controversies and throwing up all sorts of unfounded arguments. It is to be noted that some poorly educated professionals consider the transformation of scores as an arbitrary allocation of unmerited scores.
“The issue has been compounded by candidates whose scores of zero were transformed alongside other candidates’ scores of above zero. Transformation is generally across board and was not focused on individual candidates.
“Candidates with zero scores include those whose attempts earned them zero because they did not get any answer correct; those who mischievously did not attempt any question throughout the course of the examination as well as those who were absent from examination.”
The publication further stated that the panel of experts, which brainstormed on score standardization comprised of the Jamb Registrar, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, Professor Boniface Nworgu, Professor Raheem Lawal, Professor Muhammad Yakasai and Dr Omokunmi Popoola.
The paper presented in Azerbaijan by the experts is titled, ‘Social responsiveness in applying assessment technicality: The case of standardisation of a zero score in the UTME.’