ASSURING FAIRNESS IN THE CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT COMPONENT OF SCHOOL BASED ASSESSMENT PRACTICE IN NIGERIA

ASSURING FAIRNESS IN THE CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT COMPONENT OF SCHOOL BASED ASSESSMENT PRACTICE IN NIGERIA

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ASSURING FAIRNESS IN THE CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT COMPONENT OF SCHOOL BASED ASSESSMENT PRACTICE IN NIGERIA

School based assessment (SBA) is mostly used for the upgrading of students between levels and final certification at the completion of a course of study in Nigeria. The continuous assessment (C A) is a component of every semester examination of students and the accumulation of students’, semester examination results make up the grade of their certificate. The C A component takes 30 or 40% of every examination score depending on the specification of institutions. Considering that 40% is accepted as pass mark on semester examinations of all institutions, the 30 or 40% allocated to CA alone is significant. Currently C A does not attract the kind of attention accorded to examinations even though globally, attention is being paid on how to ensure equity and fairness in assessment and governments as well as schools have evolved mechanisms to curb examination malpractices. However, without the same attention on C A, the possibility of stakeholders to transfer their malpractice tendencies to C A and get away with it may not be ruled out. This paper therefore aims to highlight on C A and the lapses in existing C A practices with a view for improvement so that the scores emanating from C A would be authentic and the actual reflection of students’, achievement.

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