The Joint Board published the pass list today (Friday 5 March) for the JIEB Corporate and Personal Insolvency Papers sat in the second week of November 2020.
Dominic Cummings would need to triple clone himself and take an advanced course in spin to make the result look anything other than dreadful. As in, simply awful.
In a year where our planet was ravaged by a global pandemic, people's lives were turned inside out, lockdown, home-schooling and social distancing became the norm and reported mental illness increased by more than four hundred per cent, the JIEB saw fit to publish the worst exam results since 1991. The headlines are that for those who studied for and sat one Paper the pass rate was just 25 per cent. For those who attempted two Papers it was 37 per cent.
From the NTI newsroom we want to make something very clear. Representatives of our tutor team have suffered through any number of Joint Board 'Tutors' Meetings' at which the clear implication was that candidates simply were not good enough for the exam. In some way, it is 'their fault' for not predicting the nuances and mistakes in the published marking guides, and dealing with time pressures which were, by definition, 'impossible'. This absolutely was not the case in 2020. NTI trained, by far, the majority of JIEB candidates. They were focused, talented, well-drilled, extremely hard-working, practised and positive. They sat practice mock after mock, they listened to feedback and used the CBE software throughout the study year. They were good. They were very good. They were exam-ready.
All afternoon NTI have been fielding calls (not, by any means, only from those who studied with us) from shattered candidates whose lives have been turned upside down by numbers on a text or email, some of those numbers being as low as 20 per cent for people who we know for a fact worked their socks off, and some as callous as 44 per cent, a Joint Board 'special'. Success stories today are more rare than a Joint Board member who has actually studied for and taken their own exam, but all callers have one thing in common, a sense of intense disregard for examiners who appear to have given no quarter for the circumstances in which their exam was sat, despite the fact that just two weeks before the exam date they couldn't even say with certainty it would actually go ahead.
Of course, those who have failed will have a dreadful weekend, a bad week, endure any number of very difficult conversations and come back, bruised but determined.
These are good people. Fine professionals. We hope that one day they will take the place of those currently on the Joint Board, remember their experiences and ensure the system is fair, right and equitable.