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Thursday, 22 July 2021

OAU Transcripts: The Problems ETX Had that TPS Would Inherit [TAGS: OAU, ETX, TPS, TRANSCRIPTS, NAIRALAND, WES, IQAS, ICES, EVALUATION, VERIFICATION]

 OAU Transcripts: The Problems ETX Had that TPS Would Inherit

From the day OAU disengaged ETX from its transcripts services and puts TPS in charge of the business, I have been looking forward to seeing what any alumnus of OAU would be happy about as a better change in the request, production and delivery of their OAU transcripts. It’s been about three weeks since the disengagement of ETX from the transcripts services after the hell many OAU alumni had gone through when they requested for their transcripts via ETX. I have observed a few things that I will talk about now.

Firstly, I would like to reiterate this, contrary to what many think, the delay in OAU transcripts delivery is not the fault of ETX, it is the fault of OAU. ETX only had three functions in the processing of the transcripts you requested for: (1) they take the order via their website; (2) they print out your order/application and submit it to the school’s Transcripts Department for the production of your transcripts ( a lot of things happen at this stage that can make your transcripts never be produced or be produced very late); and after the transcripts have been produced and vetted by the Principal Assistant Registrar (PAR), they are transferred to ETX, (3) ETX dispatches them if they are to be sent by courier. But if they are to be sent by electronics means, only the PAR can upload the transcripts to the database (something that works like Dropbox), generate a link for it, and then send the link to the receiver which they would use to download the transcripts from the database one time.

I have shrunk the processes of the transcripts, but from what I have mentioned, you should be able to notice that after your transcripts application had been printed out by ETX and submitted to the Transcripts Department, ETX does not know what’s up about your transcripts anymore until it is transferred back to them for dispatch (if it is a paper transcripts to be sent via courier). This is why ETX doesn’t have any update to give their customers after the “Alumni Approved, Searching for Records”. This also explains why they cannot give out numbers or email addresses for their customers to contact, and even when you send them a message via the ETX platform, they can only send you a message that would not relate to what is going on about your transcripts, and it’s because they do not know. They can only send generic messages.

Now, from what has been pointed out about how things could go wrong during the production of your transcripts, I hope it is noted that this means during the production of your transcripts by the Transcripts Department (which would involve several offices), if anything goes wrong at any of these stages, you may never get your transcripts. And at least 60% of the times, something goes wrong. If OAU transcripts services would improve, the things that go wrong during the production of the transcripts must be fixed, not just about changing who is in charge of the transcripts services. I have been expecting some changes in terms of this but I have not seen much. This means TPS would still have this problem too.

If the OAU results database that’s always crashing doesn’t stop crashing, nothing is going to change. If the results that have been lost during the previous crashes are not found from the papers and the departments and re-uploaded to every new database they introduce, the problem is going to remain the same. If the staffs of the Transcripts Department would not get up and go help the persons requesting for their transcripts collate their results at their department, this problem would remain the same. If the staffs at the department don’t take the collation of results seriously, the problem is going to remain the same. So ETX or TPS, if the causes of the problems aren’t solved, changing the company is in charge of the works might not bring much change.

In the aspect of communication, which ETX was bad at, TPS would still have that problem too, and here is why; just like ETX, OAU is never good at information. You can imagine how long it took for OAU to have a social media account (I think they joined Twitter in 2019 or 2020). The OAU website is rarely updated. So I do not expect the information culture to suddenly change; people who are expecting their transcripts are still going to be left in the dark about the processing or their transcripts, and these people would need to know if something is wrong about their results so that they can send people to go help them out in doing things that need to be done instead of waiting for their transcripts that may never come.



Monday, 12 July 2021

OAU Porting from ETX to TPS: What Changes Should We Expect in Transcripts Processing [TAGS: OAU, ETX, TPS, TRANSCRIPTS, NAIRALAND, GOOGLE, WES, IQAS, EVALUATION]

 

OAU Porting from ETX to TPS: What Changes Should We Expect in Transcripts Processing

The smoothest news any OAU alumnus would like to hear is about ETX been disengaged from OAU’s transcripts processing, based on the hell ETX had taken most OAU alumni through in trying to get their transcripts from the school. No alumnus would not be glad to hear that ETX has been disengaged from OAU’s transcripts processing, and eventually, that has finally happened, ETX gone and another transcripts platform called TPS has been introduced. This is really a good thing, as OAU has finally thought it right that handling the transcripts business of a school with alumni base has much as OAU’s to a single company that doesn’t even have the power to really process the results needed to make the transcripts is a bad thing. Now, the Transcripts Department of the school has finally gotten serious about these transcripts works and they are taking the business by themselves; to take the transcripts order, process the results, process the transcripts and do the dispatching, these sound really good. But when you look deeper into it, you would see what could go wrong.

Although most people don’t know this, but ETX only took OAU’s transcripts orders and delivered the transcripts when ready, they were not the one to do anything on the processing of the transcripts. In fact, as soon as you made your transcripts order on ETX and they had printed your application out and handed it over to the school’s Transcripts Department, ETX didn’t know anything about your transcripts again until they were been processed completely and transferred to their office for dispatch. This means ETX didn’t really have any work they did on your transcripts, and this is why people weren’t getting their transcripts on time or at all, and also why ETX never had any factual thing to tell their customers as updates on their works. Now, this is the question, changing from ETX to TPS, are we expecting a better transcripts processing? Probably yes. But when we think about the fact that ETX or TPS, it’s still OAU we are dealing with, we would realize a lot could change, but what is wrong would still be wrong or only get better a little. Alumni would still have to hustle their ways through getting their transcripts fast or getting them at all. We wish this change changes everything for the better, but if it turns out it cannot, we will still be here to be of help.



Monday, 5 July 2021

OAU’s Pre-degree or JUPEB in OAU: Which One is Better and Why [GOOGLE, NAIRALAND, OAU, ADMISSION, PREDEGREE, JUPEB, DIRECT ENTRY]

OAU’s Pre-degree or JUPEB in OAU: Which One is Better and Why

When it comes to deciding on whether to go for OAU’s pre-degree or to take on the JUPEB programme in OAU, parents and students are always either very confused on which one to choose or (mostly) they end up choosing the wrong one (because the intended course does not work well with the one they ended up choosing). The cost of taking either of these programmes in OAU is almost the same, but the conditions and implications differ, which always makes parents and students only get to think of the fact that the costs are almost the same but JUPEB allows the students who pass them to enter any school taking such qualification as Direct Entry into 200 Level, but then, there are more to compare when it comes to OAU’s pre-degree and JUPEB in OAU than just the similar costs and the Direct Entry advantage the latter has. I will discuss these extra factors to consider to make it easy for you to choose the best of the two to suite your interests and opportunity more.

It is important you know—if you didn’t—that OAU’s pre-degree belongs strictly to OAU, and the programme means so much to OAU that they always want to make sure most of the students who go through the programme get their first choice of course, and almost everyone who go through the programme is admitted for at least any course at all so long they have scored at least the average of 70% in the pre-degree programme at the end of the two contacts (two semesters), and they have scored at least 200 in the UTME of the same admission session; while the JUPEB programme does not strictly belong to OAU but—just as most of other universities—it is conducted by OAU too, and this is where the differences between the two programmes begin to set in. A student who goes through the pre-degree programmes and has scores as earlier stated has better chances of getting admitted than a person who goes through the JUPEB programme. Being an educational consultant, I have seen so many students who passed their JUPEB but they still had to buy Direct Entry form years after years before they finally got admitted, and this happens too often; meanwhile scoring the average of 70% in the pre-degree programme and 200 in the UTME of same admission year already qualifies you for an admission even if it is not to the department you chose. This means the advantage to get into 200 Level that JUPEB has is not really an advantage lest you actually have the admission the same admission session you completed the programme; a pre-degree student could get admitted before you and complete 200 Level before you even get admitted to 200 the Level your JUPEB qualifies you for.

Again, there are some courses you would need to be critical about when you are trying to enter them via OAU’s pre-degree or JUPEB; courses like Medicine and Surgery, Nursing Science, Pharmacy, Medical Rehabilitation, Dentistry, Economics, Accounting, Computer Science, and a couple of other courses in Tech. This is because these course are highly competitive, and if you are entering them through either of pre-degree or JUPEB, you are going to have to really score the departmental requirements of the mentioned departments to be able to get any of these departments (unless of course somebody of high office is interested in your admission and their slot works for you). Where differences now set in is, if you are trying to enter any of these departments through pre-degree and you do not have the departmental requirements and you do not have anybody’s slot working for you, so long you have scored the basic 70% and 200 scores in the pre-degree programme and UTME respectfully, you would get another course. But if it was JUPEB, so long you do not have the required point for any of these departments and somebody’s slot is not working for you, you are not getting another department even when you have a good point in the JUPEB programme. This singly makes the reason why I always advice people to choose pre-degree instead of JUPEB (unless they are so sure they would score the departmental point), and when other benefits of OAU’s pre-degree are considered too, I always vehemently recommend the pre-degree over JUPEB.

Everything I have said is not to say JUPEB is not good—of course it is, comparing the JUPEB programme to having to go to a polytechnic or college to get a Diploma that would qualify you to enter 200 Level in a university, JUPEB saves time, and money (in most cases). So instead of considering a college diploma or an Ordinary National Diploma to get a Direct Entry admission to a university, it’s far assured and better to go through JUPEB, as the chances of getting the Upper Credit to qualify for Direct Entry at the college of polytechnic is lower than the chances of passing JUPEB and getting admitted to the course of your choice and to 200 Level. So in this sense, it is JUPEB over any polytechnic or college Diploma if a Direct Entry admission is your goal. But when it comes to the high chances of getting any admission at all, it is pre-degree. Hope you got that?



Sunday, 16 May 2021

How CAPS Transfer Approval Works for OAU UTME and DE Aspirants (OAU, ADMISSION, CUTOFF, ASPIRANT, CAPS, NAIRALAND, FIRST BATCH, SECOND BATCH, THIRD BATCH, VC LIST, MERIT LIST, SUPPLEMENTARY LIST)

How CAPS Transfer Approval Works for OAU UTME and DE Aspirants

I need to open this one by first stating that if you have scored the high score in the UTME and in the Post-UTME, and you in fact have the “Eligible for Admission” on your slip, none of this equal “your admission is assured” in OAU; there is still something called the departmental cutoff that could screen you off even by a mark that’s only an infinitesimally small number higher than the aggregate score you have at hand (for instance, the merit cutoff for Estate Management this year is 52.7, unless the ELDS and Catchment Areas marks favour you, if you have 52, that 0.7 difference between your aggregate score and the merit cutoff mark could deny you of the admission, and that’s a number far lesser than 1).

Also for departments like Medicine and Surgery, Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry, Medical Rehabilitation, Management and Accounting, Economics, Law and Architecture, even if you beat the merit cutoff—not many people would tell you this fact, but—it’s not the assurance that you are getting that department; these departments demand more than scores, they demand connections. You may however get another department for compensation. And contrary to what most parents and aspirants believe, having the high score but not having the cutoff of the department you chose doesn’t qualify you for automatic transfer to another department. When you don’t have the cutoff of the department you chose but your score is high, if you get transferred to another department, it must be somebody intervened for you somehow via slot or something., not because OAU cares about you high score. Which takes me to touching what I intended to talk about CAPS transfer as regarding OAU spirants.

   Generally, it is not JAMB’s job to transfer any candidate from one department to another, it is in fact not the job of JAMB to offer anyone any admission, all these are done by the school, only that the school uploads it to CAPS like it’s JAMB uploading it, but it’s never JAMB; JAMB can't offer admission, only the institutions can. So when you don’t have the cutoff for a department you have applied to and you receive on your CAPS a request to approve transfer to another department, it has to be someone has done something to help you, not that OAU automatically considered you for another department—they don’t do that, or JAMB considered you for another department—they can't do that. The implication of this is that if you have not gotten the cutoff mark for the department you as aspiring for but your score is high enough, you are advised to talk to somebody to help you out on this so you wouldn’t carry a high score and yet not get admitted; that would be unfortunate.




Sunday, 25 April 2021

On the 2021 OAU Post-UTME, Cutoff Marks and Admission [NAIRALAND, GOOGLE, OAU, CUTOFF, ADMISSION LIST, FIRST BATCH, JAMB CAPS, POSTUTME, OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY,]

On the 2021 OAU Post-UTME, Cutoff Marks and Admission

It’s been an unusual academic year 2021; as affected by the unusual year 2020, and the unusualness that has been causing more unusual things to happen in education (and in fact in every other industry) might go on and on affecting every subsequent year somehow. In academics, if the snowball effect doesn’t go on and on to affecting every year coming, at least 2022 cannot escape the effects of all that happened in the education industry in 2020, as 2021 is already having its own share of it. One of the effects of the long time of the jambites having to stay off tutorials can be seen on OAU aspirants’ Post-UTME results, as the school hit the highest average number of candidates who couldn’t get up to 20/40 in the Post-UTME test. I wasn’t shocked when after the Post-UTME results were release, a lot of people got the red stamp and “Not Eligible for Admission” on their slip, because they couldn’t get average in the Post-UTME test. A lot of these people who ended up getting Not Eligible are the people who had scored so high in the UTME, and also have high points in the analysis of their O/Levels results, but the Post-UTME ruined their chances of getting OAU for them. We all know the causes of this: the long time off books, the shutdown of the tutorials, and OAU’s transition from Computer-Based Test to Internet-Based Test. This last one makes the major reason why most of the failed candidates got “shenked”. I just hope they have been able to find another school to apply to now so their good UTME score doesn’t go to waste.

The OAU Post-UTME has been done and dusted, the results have been released, the ones who failed have probably gotten over it, and the ones left are the ones looking forward to the cutoffs that would remove the “have chances to be admitted” from the “have no chances for admission at all”. Thankfully, the cutoffs are beginning to roll in so early; we’ve seen the ones for the departments in Health Sciences, we’ve seen the ones for the departments in Social Sciences, and more faculties are likely to release theirs this week. Unlike what many think, these cutoffs are so high, but not too high; in fact I'm thinking before drafting the cutoffs, they put into consideration the fact that a lot of people already failed in the Post-UTME, so no need to use the cutoff in screening everybody out again. But despite the fact that the cutoffs released so far are only fairly high, there would still be: people who would be screened out because of some infinitesimal numbers deficit in their scores (when cutoff is 79.75 and you scored 79.74, and the catchments and EDLS still wouldn’t save you); people who would beat the cutoff but would still be screened out because they didn’t take the appropriate subjects combination in the UTME or have completely the required subjects in their O/Levels; and, the funny case, people who have scored lower than the cutoff but they got admitted anyways (because they knew what to do and they did it on time); if you know what I mean, good.

All these and why they happen that way may not be understood until much later when the admission offering has concluded, and these people who had waited a very long time for their names to be released with an admission batch end up not having their names on any of the lists, and they might have to wait till 2022 to be able to register for and write another UTME because while they were waiting on OAU to release the admission lists, JAMB had sold their 2021 UTME forms but the people waiting on OAU to release the admission list have refused to register for the 2021 UTME to be on the safer side. My sincere advice is, if you are currently waiting on OAU for the admission list, no matter how sure you are of your admission, kindly register for the UTME again; just to be safe. The UTME registration money is now too small to have you have to wait for two whole years should you lose this admission this year. Better to later not need a UTME you wrote than to need to have written it but you didn’t when you could.

It is important that I hint you on the fact that at this time the fact that you beat the cutoff doesn’t guarantee your admission; a lot has changed that you have no idea of, and a lot is going on in the school system too that you would ever get to read or hear about on any media. All I can say about this is that the admission race this year is not for the weak at all, and not for the strong who had done well to be too assured they are going to win—they need to stretch their legs longer and use as many connections as they could get, and not rest until they see their names on JAMB’s CAPS. I hope you understand my parables, but if you don’t, I wish you luck in the endeavour. May your God be with you.



Sunday, 14 March 2021

Advice for OAU Post-UTME Candidates Taking the Online Test (NAIRALAND, GOOGLE, OAU, POST-UTME, POST JAMB, IFE, JAMB, ONLINE, COMPUTER, UNIVERSITY)

 Advice for OAU Post-UTME Candidates Taking the Online Test

They say change is inevitable, and that even if we don’t try to change things, things will sooner or later change by themselves. Same thing can be said of the sudden change in the mode of writing Post-UTME in OAU; not that it’s really strange, at least we have moved from not writing any other test after passing the JAMB’s exam to writing Post-UTME using pen and paper, then to not writing any test but only use the O/Level results and the UTME scores to define who gets and who does not get admitted, to taking the Post-UTME on computer, and now to taking the test over the internet, so this is not that sudden. But no one would think that would happen this year or even so soon, but because situations help us change things even when we don’t want to change them, here we are now preparing for the OAU Post-UTME test to be taken over the internet, and that’s scary. Scary because just anything… anything at all can happen to make the person who had gotten a lot of A’s and B’s in their O/Level results and a very high score in their UTME end up not getting admitted.

Out of a lot of things that could happen while taking an e-test are computer glitches, software malfunctions, internet issues, and so on. When the tests were done on the computer with no internet, I saw a case of the computer shutting down automatically while the time of the test was still counting down. I saw when the computer kept hanging for several minutes while the candidates couldn’t shutdown and restart so as to not lose their test time. Power surge had made somebody’s test submit automatically while they were still writing the test. I’ve also heard of someone who answered and submitted all their questions, but when the results came out, it says the candidate only answered 5 of 40 questions. A lot of cases like these are there to prove that the computer can screw anything up sometimes. Even now that OAU is just for the first time trying to conduct an e-test, this makes it even more likely for something to go wrong. But how do you avoid being unfortunate with your computer and your internet while you are still on your test? I have an idea.

1.      Use a standard ICT center, preferably the ones that have been conducting e-Tests before or do JAMB registration for candidates. Don’t use a cyber cafĂ©; they probably have computers with low RAM and viruses, which would both make the system slow and likely to malfunction. They also probably have bad internet that could make you lose time. So find an ICT center with good computers and webcams and internet service. If you are in Ife or anywhere surrounding Ife, advisably, go to one of OAU’s ICT centers on the Ife campus or at the CDL center in Moro; you are most likely to have everything better there than anywhere else. Just have #1,000 with you to pay to them.

 

2.      Be technical with your online activities while writing the test; don’t start writing the test lest the software is done loading. Any data inputted on the software while it’s loading may still be appearing after the software is done loading, but it wouldn’t be read by the database selector, only the ones you inputted after the software is done loading would be read by the database selector. This is always the cause of half submission; when candidate answers 40 questions but the computer says they answered 5 or so. The 5 or so are the ones they answered after the software was done loading.

 

3.      No matter what you are doing, don’t be caught up with the computer having to time you out by itself, make sure you have one or two minutes to go through your answered questions again, to make sure everything you answered are still there. Make sure you do this before finally submitting.

 

4.      If anything strange happens while writing your exam, call the supervisor’s attention to it immediately instead of battling with it yourself. The chances are they have seen that problem before and they have the solution to it.

 

I wish you the best of success in the test.



Sunday, 28 February 2021

Bad Transcripts Services and Delayed Postgraduate Programmes in OAU: What Can the Law Do [TAGS: OAU NAIRALAND OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY ETX TRANSCRIPTS CERTIFICATE POSTGRADUATE ADMISSION PG COLLEGE]

Bad Transcripts Services and Delayed Postgraduate Programmes in OAU: What Can the Law Do

Sometime in 2017 or 2018, a colleague running her postgraduate programme at the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) told me a story about how the PG students of the school dragged the school to court over delaying their programme beyond the duration stated for the programme by the school, just because the PG school was going through a thing or two in the management. According to her story, the court favoured the students and made the school pay them millions of Naira. She concluded that that was the end of delayed programmes at the UNILORIN PG school, and at the whole school entirely. That’s just the coolest story I ever heard, and I'm here right now remembering the story and thinking of how OAU students and alumni could do something like this too to tackle OAU for making getting their transcripts a journey through hell (if they would get it at all), and for making the PG students have to go through unnecessary bureaucratic things that would make them have to spend time doing their PG programme beyond how long it’s stated for them to finish their programme. OAU needs to be tackled!

I don’t know if the PG students and the alumni body would win the case if they charged OAU to court for bad transcripts services and for delayed PG programme, but I know they do have a case to present to the law if they want to. Even if after the court they lose, a message would still be passed to OAU that they are not unpunishable for all the bad things they do and let happen about the transcripts and the PG programmes. But the problem is, the PG students—because they mostly are mature people busy with life and the awful Nigerian economy, they just have to ignore problems like the ones OAU gives them, because who wants to waste their time and other resources fighting for what would only benefit them once or never, while others in the future would be the ones to really enjoy the benefit? Also, the alumni body, there is a lot of things wrong with it that would make it not want to tackle the wrong doings of OAU about transcripts; the body is politicized, classified (by economic successes), and the ones active in it are either friends of the school management or puppets of it. So a lawsuit from either of the PG students and the alumni body of OAU is what we should not be expecting at all; even though it could be the solution to the problems.

The individual alumnus too, even if they cannot individually sue OAU, at least they should stand on solidarity enough that a good portion of them would do something to cause a ripple in the issue of OAU’s bad transcripts service. But then, after any of them had gone through the hell of getting their transcripts and came out, they forget about it and move on. So there can't be a solid force formed to raise the issue of bad transcripts service in OAU and make it popular enough to attract the big attentions it needs. So right now, unless OAU gradually develops into having a better way of making things better for the alumni on getting their transcripts, and for the PG students on finishing their programme right on time, there seem to be no hope for a better change. I can only send love and light to every OAU alumnus and every OAU PG students going through the hell of getting their transcripts and the hell of eventually finishing their programme in OAU; I hope you win somehow.



Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Advice for 2020/2021 OAU UTME and DE Admission Aspirants (TAGS: OAU, NAIRALAND, ADMISSION, ASPIRANT, CUTOFF, FIRST BATCH, SECOND BATCH, POSTUTME, POSTJAMB, RESULT, UNIVERSITY IFE))

Advice for 2020/2021 OAU UTME and DE Admission Aspirants

Let me start by creating a scenario for you as a candidate waiting to participate in the 2020/2021 admission processes in OAU; JAMB will soon start selling the UTME and DE form for the 2021/2022 admission session, which means by latest April 2021, the registration for the matriculation exams would have been closed, and probably, the exam would have been written by the end of May latest. By this time, the aspirants who are just about to write their OAU Post-UTME/DE in February and March would still be waiting for OAU to offer them admission or deny them of same. Now, my question—which is a little pessimistic but not impossible—is that, what if something happens somehow, and such aspirant who has been waiting on OAU to offer them an admission ends up being denied of the admission, what effects would that have on such candidate and how possibly could one avoid being a victim of such effect?

See, people don’t like to accept this scenario every time I create it, but the people who dare to take my advice always come back to say thank you—whether they eventually got admitted or not. When OAU delays admission like this, and JAMB is about to start selling another UTME/DE forms, I always advice aspirants who are waiting to be considered for admission with a previous UTME/DE to go register for another one. This doesn’t mean I do not think the aspirants would be admitted, but because I believe anything… just anything can happen and the aspirants would either not get admitted or they would be given a course they don’t want to do ever. If this happens, it would be such aspirants would have to wait for what would look like one year—but it’s almost two years—to be able to register for another UTME/DE, since they didn’t register for another UTME/DE the year they were expecting OAU to consider them for admission and OAU was delaying about the admission processes till JAMB closes the registration for that year.

This advice is not lovely, because no one likes to think the unwanted could happen. Also, where is the money we have to waste on registering for a UTME/DE we might end up not needing in case the aspirant was offered admission with the UTME/DE they did previously. This is very reasonable, money shouldn’t be wasted like that, but let’s say an aspirant for the 20/21 admission obtains another UTME/DE for the 21/22 admission session just to be on the safer side incase that one of 20/21 fails unfortunately, and around 15,000 Naira was spent in the whole processes of registering for the exam and the writing of the exam, then the aspirant eventually gets admitted with the 20/21 exam, would the 15,000 spent on the 21/22 exam be a total waste, considering that if the aspirant didn’t get admitted with the 20/21 exam, they would already start looking forward to what the 21/22 exam they wrote would have to offer them, instead of having to wait till JAMB sells UTME/DE forms again in 22/23 admission session before they can have any hope of getting admitted again? My answer is: losing over one academic year, and losing 15,000 Naira aren’t the same at all. No  matter how much time a student has at hand, one year plus is too much a time to lose; you can't retrieve a lost one year plus with 15,000 Naira, but you can recover a lost 15,000 Naira in lesser than one year plus.

My argument is, if you have not scored so high in the 20/21 admission screenings for you to be so sure you would be admitted and to the course you would take, it’s just safer for you to have a Plan B by obtaining another form in the 21/22 admission session, so that should anything unwanted happens with the 20/21 admission, you wouldn’t have to wait till 22/23 admission session to be able to participate in an admission process again. Please, yield this counsel and obtain another form when JAMB starts selling the form for the 21/22 session. I say this because I’ve been in the admission business for a while now, and I know anything can happen—even when you’ve got all the marks and connections assuring you of the admission. Look forward to getting the best, but be prepared for the worst.




Monday, 8 February 2021

Marathon Coaching for OAU Health Sciences Aspirants (TAGS: NAIRALAND, OAU, ASPIRANTS, UME, UTME, GOOGLE, IFE)

Marathon Coaching for OAU Health Sciences Aspirants

Pathfinders Edu. Consultancy has come in collaboration with A-Class Tutors (the best tutorial team on OAU campus) again, to organize yet another marathon coaching for OAU JAMBITES aspiring for courses in the College of Health Sciences, OAU. It was a great success last session, and over 86% of the candidates who attended the classes scored above 35 (over 40) in their Post-UTME. 54% out of the said 86% scored either 38 or 37 (over 40) in their Post-UTME, and that was the first time we organized such coaching. This session, we are applying even more factors that would help us increase the figures of our successes.

The marathon coaching will run from 9am-5pm every day for 10 days starting from 15th of February to 25th of February, 2021 (except 20th of February which falls on a Sunday). Students would be allowed two breaks in between the three sessions we will be having every of the days. Coffee and snacks would be served by the management of the coaching during one of the breaks every day. Students are expected to pay #5,000 for the 10 classes, or pay #600 every day for the number of days they want to attend the coaching.

Because we must observe social distancing at the gathering, we will only be able to admit 100 students this time, as the venue we could get is a 200-sitter class, and only half of its original capacity can be filled with people. Also, we require every student to wear their mask every day to class. We have no access to the hostels at this time (due to COVID-19), so we are sorry we cannot provide accommodation for students who will be coming from outside of Ife to join the coaching. If you have somebody you can stay with in Ife for this period of time, you can still join us for the coaching. With this programme, you can only pass the Post-UTME excellently. Call 08139534187 to book your space.



Tuesday, 2 February 2021

The OAU’s Online Classes: How it Could Affect Students’ Grades

The OAU’s Online Classes: How it Could Affect Students’ Grades

Having to not have well-organized and well-delivered lectures is not a new thing to OAU students—I must firstly state this, as OAU lecturers are mostly known for not really knowing how to lecture, but they are experts at setting exam questions, and also evilly at marking the answers. But this bad sides of the lecturers—instead of telling badly on the performances of the students—has in fact ended up being what makes them even the best students around, as the students have mostly cultivated the culture of never expecting a full body from the lecturers but bones, and having to flesh up the bones given to them and adding other things needed to the body to make it come to life, and they have passed this culture on, from generation to generation. It is even safe to say OAU students are their own lecturers; they only go to classes to meet with the pseudo-lecturers who they have to get what to study on from. So, even if there would be no lectures at all, all that most OAU students need to pass their exams is to be given what to study on and the materials to study, most of them would still pass any exam on such area of concentration given. But now that the school is taking lectures online too, and unfortunately the school and most of her lecturers are digitally backwards people, and also, most of the students have never experienced any kind of online education before, would this pose any problem? Would it tell on the grades of the students? Well, yes and yes.

I do not mean to be disrespectful, but I know very well that most of the school’s lecturers cannot impart the students online. No, it’s not because the students would not be organized; OAU students respect and fear their lecturers, so they would always be organized—online or offline, but the fact that the person meant to be in charge of the class and also help to in making learning happen does not even really know how to do that in physical classes, to talk less of the virtual classes. This would make so many lectures have no impact by the end of them. Again, that the online classes (as I’ve heard) would be over a chat, and not through video meetings, is scary. This would affect especially the freshmen who have never written an undergraduate exam or test in OAU before and still like to think OAU’s undergraduate exams are like the Post-UTME; this is going to cause a great mental shock when they realize it’s not like that at all. More so, the lecturers would surely still not go easy with the cunningness in setting questions, and their evilness in marking the answers.

The effects this would have on the freshmen would not even be up to the ones it would have on the 200 Level students who would be writing their first real OAU exams at this level. Everyone knows the second year in OAU is when you begin to write a lot of essay exams, and for the 200 Level students who have not written any essay exam since after their SSCE; this is never easy on any 2nd year student—even when the lectures were physical. Now that the lectures are going to be over chats (allegedly), it’s surely going to affect their understanding of expressive exams in OAU. However, all these could just turnaround and actually get to work for the good of all of the students, and even get them the best of grades. But sincerely, I doubt this, and if I were you, I would work twice harder than I would if the lectures were physical.



Monday, 25 January 2021

Implication of the Canceled 2020/2021 Session on OAU JAMBites (TAGS: NAIRALAND, OAU, POST-UTME, UTME, CUTOFF, POSTJAMB, GOOGLE, ADMISSION)

Implication of the Canceled 2020/2021 Session on OAU JAMBites

Since the higher institutions started releasing information on their cancellation of a session and when OAU eventually joined the league of schools canceling the 2020/2021 academic session, different news and assumptions have been flying around everywhere on the internet about that; which are mostly true. But sometimes, what is true still needs to be explained better or emphasized more to have greater effects, and the explanation is what I'm about to do. Please pay the best attention to this if you are a JAMBite or a ward of one.

It should be clear to everyone that because schools are canceling the 2020/2021 session doesn’t mean the schools would not continue on processing the admissions of the admission seekers who wrote the 2020/2021 session UTME in 2020 or have already even done their Post-UTME screening or applied for it; these people’s admission processes would continue, only that—if admitted—they would not be resuming school in their own session, which was supposed to be the 2020/2021, as the session as been canceled due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the several months of ASUU strike.

Also, that doesn’t mean the people who would be writing the 2021/2022 UTME this year 2021 would not be admitted by these schools that have canceled the 2020/2021 session and would still be admitting the candidates who wrote their UTME in 2020, it only means that most of these schools—if not all—would merge the two groups of JAMBites together in one session which would be the 2021/2022 session. This means the people who wrote their UTME in 2020 and the people who will write theirs in 2021 would be admitted together in one session, which would be the 2021/2022 session, since the 2020/2021 session has been canceled. So knowing this, what’s going to be the implication of this on the JAMBites seeking admission to the schools that would be merging two sessions of JAMBites together?

Right now, you should be thinking of more candidates to admit from, while the schools would still not want to go too higher than their admission quota. For instance, in the last ten years, OAU has admitted students per session based on these figures: 5,500, 6,000, 7,500, and when they went on to admit around 11,000 some 3 or 4 years ago from around 150,000 applicants who wrote and passed the Post-UTME, they were sanctioned by NUC for that. So let’s say OAU wants to admit a lot of candidates from the JAMBites of 2020/2021 and the JAMBites of 2021/2022 that would now be merged together for one admission session, that would be at least 250,000 applicants. How many of these people would OAU be able to offer admission to? 15,000? 20,000? Whatever figure you’re assuming, just know that would mean tougher screening processes, higher cutoff marks, connections, and all that I can't talk about on the internet; that admission is going to be for the strong only, so I wish you the best of luck as you try to get your own rare spot.



Tuesday, 19 January 2021

OAU’s Transcripts Problems: What the Alumni Body Should Do (TAGS: NAIRALAND, GOOGLE, OAU, TRANSCRIPTS, ETX, IFE, WES, IQAS, ICES)

 OAU’s Transcripts Problems: What the Alumni Body Should Do

One of the biggest problems alumni of any school in Nigeria currently face is trying to get their transcripts from their school they graduated from. If you are a graduate and you have not had to lose an advance admission, an opportunity to travel abroad or a delayed promotion at work because your employer is waiting for you to provide your transcripts, it most probably means you’ve not started using your education at the places where you should be using it. Because if you have, you would have been asked to provide your transcripts at some point, and your school would have shown you how problematic they are when it comes to issuing transcripts to people. And with all these I have said about the problems you would encounter to get your transcripts, I have not even slimmed it down to the levels of OAU, and trust me on this, when it comes to OAU, every normal problem becomes even stronger. Since OAU handed the transcripts processes to the private digital company called ETX, instead of the processes getting better and easier, it gets even worse day after day. Go on any social media platform and read about how OAU alumni lament about their sufferings on getting their transcripts, you wouldn’t believe OAU—one of the earliest universities in Nigeria, with the title “leading in ICT” attached to her name—would still be having such problems in this century where everything is swift, easier, and you don’t have to be present to make all these happen.

The transcripts problems in OAU are undeniable, they are there, and it never looks like they would go at one point soon, and I think the reason for this is because the alumni body is either not really in existence, or it exists but it’s corrupt, or—the most likely one—it’s not functional for the unpopular and not-so-rich members of the body—which are the majority of the members of the body. This leads me to believing the OAU alumni body, even though they are not the cause of the transcripts problems in OAU, let it keep happening. I don’t know the law like that, but the much I know about associational rights, I believe the alumni body can sue OAU for a lot of things happening about getting a transcript from OAU, which ranges from monetary exploitation and the bad services to not delivering the transcripts when it’s needed or not delivering it at all. Maybe the alumni body doesn’t know they have the right to sue the school for all these or they just don’t want to, because the powerful members of the body are always friends of the management, It just has to be something like that.

Even though the alumni body does not want to sue OAU for all the corruption happening about getting your transcripts from OAU, they should at least be able to ask that graduates should be given an unofficial copy of their transcripts at their convocation, it’s what any school in the world does; you collect a roll at your convocation and in that roll there is your transcript. If OAU could do this at convocations, it would solve at least 80% of the problems the alumni would have to face when they eventually need their transcripts—official or unofficial. You wouldn’t even have to need an unofficial copy again as the one you would have collected at your convocation would suffice for anything you want to use an unofficial transcript for. Plus, the fact that you have your unofficial transcripts as early as you graduated would curb the problems of the loss of results people have to face when the school’s results database crashes again—which is always crashing, and the department can't find the results in papers anymore. This always means that any alumnus in such situation is never getting a transcript from the school no matter how hard they try. Whereas this problem can be solved by giving the graduates a copy of their transcripts at convocation, so that in the case of loss of results, the person can always provide the unofficial transcripts they have with them for the school to verify and be able to have their results on the database again. But it is what it is, the OAU alumni body doesn’t even act like they are concerned about the bad record of the school on issuing transcripts to their graduates, and this is really shameful.




Monday, 4 January 2021

When is OAU Resuming?

When is OAU Resuming?

It’s almost one year now since OAU has been closed against all academic activities, primarily because of the COVID-19 pandemic and secondarily because of the 9 months ASUU strike that eventually got suspended last December. Amidst all that is a lot of other internal instabilities with NASU and SANNU striking back to back; the former stopped every other activities that aren’t academics from happening. Good to know all the unions have suspended their strikes now, and they are ready for work as soon as the Christmas and New Year holidays are over, which is two weeks counting from December 24th, 2020 and would be ending on 7th of January, 2021. So the new year’s staffs fellowship would be on Friday, 8th of January, 2021, and work would begin properly the following Monday. That is that about nonacademic activities, but when can we be expecting OAU to declare a resumption date for academic activities? This is the question everyone is asking now, and this is not a question to have an answer to without considering a lot of factors that have the greatest power in defining when OAU would be ready for academic activities.

ASUU strike suspended, yes, and the lecturers are ready to work, but as things are looking in the management of OAU and the university environment as at today, it does not look like OAU will resume academic activities in the next two or three weeks. So they should chill everyone thinking since all strikes have been suspended and the people don’t really care about the pandemic anymore, OAU should be able to resume lectures in the first or second week of January of the new year; things are currently not looking in favour of that thought. Apart from the fact that the governments at the center and at the regions are yet to really understand how they want to manage academic activities with COVID-19 still very much in town and the vaccines not available to the country yet, and they don’t want to declare academic activities opened yet, the management of OAU on their own are yet to figure out how to keep the academic activities going even in the midst of all these. OAU has always been a digitally backwards university (forget that “Leading in ICT” thing OAU says about herself, it’s a big lie), so for this, the digitally-enhanced academic activities can't happen in OAU anytime soon to make resumption of academic activities happen this early January; not even when the lecturers have been on strike for long and no preparation has been made priory for the introduction of digitally-enhanced academic activities.

Another thing that OAU would need before calling the students back to school is the fumigation and the rearrangement of the halls of residence, even if they would not really mean to work by the precautions against COVID-19, they would at least want to pretend like they do; they would want to change a lot of things about how the students staying in the hostels live together. Also, they would want to do a lot of things about the lecture theaters that would depict that they are adhering to the precautions against COVID-19. None of these have been done yet, in fact nothing visible has been done about any of these. It is also good to think it is possible for the departments to not want to encourage hundreds of people having to receive lectures together in a small theater, so most of the popular courses might need to have a review of how many lecturers would take them and how many people can be in each class. All these would take the departments several departmental meetings to prepare. So with all these, returning students should just stop looking forward to resuming academic activities this early January, because the nearest that can happen is going to be late January. However, the post-UTME candidates should be prepared to be called upon for their screening very soon. Also, on this, anything can still happen, the school might still say no need to write an exam for the screening, they would just go ahead and screen applicants using just their O/Level results and the UTME results; it has happened before, and it can happen again. But whatever the case may be for the returning students and the JAMBites, let’s all just keep believing things would get better with OAU this year, as everyone is already having the urge to get back to work.



Thursday, 5 November 2020

Your School is the Problem not ETX (TAGS: TRANSCRIPTS, NAIRALAND, GOOGLE, OAU, WES, IQAS, ETX)

Your School is the Problem not ETX

Regardless of what school, everyone who has requested for their transcripts before, using ETX, has something really bad they experienced in that process. You should know you requesting your transcripts on ETX is either because your school makes that the only option, or you just believe in electronic services so much that you go for ETX instead of having to go to your school in person just because of how far or how busy you are (which by the way is a big lie, you will still need to appear in person or have somebody do that for you after you have requested for your transcripts online). Go to the internet, no one has something god to say about ETX when it comes to transcripts. But why is ETX the company having to face the wrath of the alumni who want their transcripts from their school instead of the school having to answer to their alumni? Let me give you this inside story.

ETX does not have any function in getting your transcripts ready; that’s absolutely the function of your school. ETX only takes transcript orders, report them to the office of your school that is in charge of records that have to do with transcripts (i.e. Exams and Records), the Exams and Records (in the ideal sense of it) fetches for your results from their records you have with your school (maybe on the online database or from the papers), furnish a transcript for you with them, authorize the transcript, and then hand it to ETX to send to when you need the transcripts. Can you see how totally uninvolved ETX is about your transcripts? But because ETX is the company you made the transcripts request through and they are the one you paid to, they happen to be the one to face the music of anger you will end up singing when your transcripts refuse to get delivered; which I believe is why ETX itself has to go bad on how they communicate with their customers, because how can you communicate with people you collected money from for something they need which they are not getting and you are not the one to provide it? No way you would have the best information to give on such thing, and this must be why ETX doesn’t get to communicate well with their customers. But apart from this, you cannot have ETX to blame for all the good opportunities your delayed transcript made you lose; the fault is your school’s. Your school has a backward system of keeping records, your school has staffs that don’t understand the importance of your transcripts (well, you didn’t know the importance too until you badly need it, so...), more so, your school uses ETX to shield you from having to find out that they are the one playing with your life with their bad recording system (though ETX makes their money—in fact too much exploitive money—from being the pawn too, but let’s leave the story of how ETX exploits their customers for another day).

Apart from the fact that I think the Nigerian schools are really bad with records keeping and that affects their alumni too much when it comes down to needing their transcripts, when this is related to OAU, I believe the OAU alumni body is totally not concerned about this problem, and that is because everyone there are people who have been there since the days of glory, I do not think there are new set of alumni active in the body, because if there are, they would have brought it forward in the association how the school is messing with people’s life because of their transcripts, and the association would have done something like probing the school. If OAU is not sued a couple of times and they have to lose millions of money to settle the plaintiffs, the school will not take record keeping seriously as it should be taken in 2020. So while I charge you to not shut up about how OAU makes you lose good opportunities because of your transcripts, I will also advise you—especially if you just newly graduated from OAU—to request for your transcripts immediately (far before you need them), as it is possible your department and the Exams and Records have not lost your results yet. Anytime farther from when you graduated, you just might have a lot of troubles getting your transcripts from OAU, or might even not get it at all while you keep waiting for years for something to happen for you.



Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Bettering your Post-UTME Preparation [TAGS: OAU NAIRALAND GOOGLE POSTUTME POST JAMB POSTUME CUTOFF ADMISSION LIST FIRST BATCH FIRST LIST SUPPLEMENTARY LIST VC LIST]

 Bettering your Post-UTME Preparation

They say preparation is the key to winning right, yes that’s what I believe too. But to take it farther than that, I also believe the proper preparation is the master key; the master key that cannot afford to not work. You can prepare and still prepare astray and not end up winning, but when your preparation is proper is when your chances of winning get really close to 100%. Now, as a candidate of OAU Post-UTME, how do you prepare properly to enable your win? I’ve been a tutor for almost a decade now, so be sure I’ve got a lot to share from experience, so let’s do it.

Do not let anyone tell you it’s impossible to score 20/20 in the Post-UTME test, because believe me, you can, and I say this because I have seen such score a few times; it’s hard, but not impossible. So if you are still very shaky about how your O/Level points and your UTME points added together have been low, I need you to believe you can still build your aggregate points with your Post-UTME score. But how do you make that happen? Get this first, it is very important you get yourself to a tutorial center with experienced tutors. There is nothing they will teach you at the tutorial center that you are not capable of figuring out on your own, yes, but you cannot figure experience out on your own, lest it would be too late for when you need the lessons, and that would be you having to learn from your own mistakes; which is never that good. So join a tutorial center to learn from the tutors’ experiences; it increases your chances of performing great in the test. Besides, there is how group preparation helps you put your preparation in perspectives.

Secondly, studying the OAU Post-UTME past questions is good, but here are the mistakes you should never make doing that: (1). don’t believe OAU would repeat any one of those questions, just see the questions as the pointer to what OAU Post-UTME test questions look like. (2). Don’t believe the answers behind the past questions are absolutely correct (especially when the questions and answers aren’t statistical), believing the answers on the past questions are the absolutely right answers would get you to not open your eyes to the mistakes OAU likes you to make in the Post-UTME test. Besides, for all you know, there might be something you know very well that the authors of the answers on the past questions are yet to know. So despite the answers they give, you still have to really work your solutions out your way and know how they got the answers and why they chose a particular option. (3). The past question is supposed to be your study guide not your textbook; you’re supposed to get from it what direction should your studying go, it should not be what you study lonely. So get you some textbooks and use them in line with the past questions. It works better that way.

Lastly, don’t read wide! Don’t do it! Don’t go and be reading some long essays on your subjects, you do not need that, that’s going to waste your time. Your studying should be about points not about analysis; you are going to be tested majorly on remembrance, speed and accuracy, which means the questions you will be answering will mostly be about what you know, but the aim is to test how fast you can provide what you know rightly. So reading wide will not help you on this as the more you read is always and almost the more you forget or can't remember quickly. So focus on points not analysis. If you do these three things religiously, and you don’t allow the exam moment fright catch you, and your computer doesn’t mess things up for you at the exam hall, I'm very certain you will get over 95% of the 20 marks of the Post-UTME test. I wish you the best of luck as you try.



Thursday, 29 October 2020

How to Avoid Delays in Your OAU Postgraduate Programme (TAGS: OAU, PG, NAIRALAND, POSTGRADUATE, OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY, POST GRADUATE FORM)


How to Avoid Delays in Your OAU Postgraduate Programme

You must have been told something or read something about how OAU is a wrong place to take a PG programme if you like your time; everyone has been told something like that, which is why it’s really hard to find a person who is not skeptical about taking a PG programme in OAU; everyone believes it’s going to be really slow. The thing is, this is mostly true, and as I have written in a previous article on this topic, OAU Postgraduate College (PGC) would give you what you let her give you, that’s just it. But for the sake of people who might be finding it difficult to understand that statement, let me from experience share some tips with you on how to avoid OAU PGC delaying you on your PG programme.

You have to know that funding is the core of the factors delaying OAU PG students on their programmes; the college’s payment system makes it difficult for your programme to move forward when you are owing the school any Kobo. For any major advancement to me made on your programme, you have to be owing the school nothing. Most of the students are always owing the school, this is why they spend several years doing a programme they are supposed to do for just 4 or 5 semesters, or even drop out of the programme; this is just the truth. To avoid this factor affecting you, you need to either already have almost all the money you will be needing for the whole semesters of the programme or have a solid means of making money so your school fees wouldn’t be a problem every time it’s time to pay. If you pay on time, you are most likely to complete the programme, and you are very likely to complete it as at when due or very close to when due.

Your availability is another factor that will define how fast or delayed your OAU PG programme would be. If you are the type that’s always gone because you are engaged in other things outside of Ife, the tendencies is too high your programme can't be completed when you ought to complete it. If you will have to travel down for your academic activities and leave as soon as you are done, it’s very impossible you’d finish your programme on time. From my personal observation, OAU PG students who stay on campus have a very good chance of finishing their programme on time, the ones who stay in and around Ife also have the fair chances of finishing on time, but the ones who have to travel from very far away to come do something about their programme in Ife are likely to not finish on time, or not even finish at all. If you have other things far from Ife which you must attend to physically every day, please plan a leave or get an assistant before joining the OAU PG programme. You don’t want to start and not finish after putting a lot of resources in the programme.

Another thing that delays people on their OAU PG programme is their research or long essay (for those who do not have to carry out a research). I'm of the thought that OAU lecturers generally like to make you think researches and long essays have to frustrate you, as the frustration is what makes the research or essay look credible to them. So whether you like it or not, you are going to be really stressed out by your supervisor(s), and this frustration is going to make you leave your work untended to a lot of times, and for every day you leave your work unattended to, you are by yourself extending how long your programme would take. Just be on your research or essay always, try to have a cordial relationship with your supervisor. Talk to people in your department and at the PGC about your programme, and seek for help every time you need one.

Sometime soon, I will be publishing more of the things to avoid so your OAU PG programme wouldn’t be delayed. Just look forward to more write-ups on this topic. And if you need to talk about anything on your interest in any OAU PG programme, contact me on +2348139534187, let’s talk about how PEC can help you facilitate your programme somehow.




Tuesday, 27 October 2020

When you Have Changed Your Choice of Course in your UTME but the Old Course is Still Reflecting on Your OAU Post-UTME (Nairaland, google, oau, postutme, post jamb, cut off, post ume, google, deparment, jamb caps)

When you Have Changed Your Choice of Course in your UTME but the Old Course is Still Reflecting on Your OAU Post-UTME

It is very normal that between when UTME results are released and when admission offering is over, applicants will have the need to change their choices of institution or/and courses, it’s very normal. But I have to tell you that this is one of the very rampant but overlooked reasons why a lot of people lose their admission—especially when it has to do with OAU. Read me right please, changing your choices of course within OAU is not a problem at all, it only becomes a problem when you do the changing of course at a wrong time; and there are so many wrong times to change your course if you are aspiring to be offered an admission in OAU.

Let me start from what should have been the conclusion, if you have applied to OAU but you wish to change your course you chose originally, the best time to do that is between when you register for your UTME and before your Post-UTME result is released. Anytime outside when your Post-UTME results are released would mean the new course you changed to will not reflect on OAU’s portal, and if your new course doesn’t appear on OAU’s portal it means you can only have your old choice of course you changed from on your portal, and that is what OAU would use to consider you for admission. If you are not qualified for the old course that’s appearing on your page, you just might lose your chance of getting an admission offer.

This is because OAU only considers you for admission based on the department you chose, in fact the first choice of the departments you chose, not the second (the reason for this is explained in this write-up: These Things About OAU Departmental Cutoffs ). This is why many people who change their course to another course with lower cutoff after the departmental cutoffs are released and they realize they don’t have the cutoff for the original course they chose end up not getting admitted. This is because the new course will not reflect on OAU’s portal. For emphasis, OAU only receives UTME data from JAMB twice before the admission seasons is over: the first time is always before the beginning of the Post-UTME registration, and the second time is always after the Post-UTME is written and it’s time to upload results; any modified data after this time wouldn’t get to OAU.

By the way, this should let everyone who just changed their course close to when they registered for their 2020 OAU Post-UTME and the new course is not showing yet that the new course will still show; as soon as OAU receives data again from JAMB. So calm down if you in in this situation. If you are one of those people who would wait till when the departmental cutoffs are released before doing their changed of course, please don’t do this to yourself—unless of course your legs are very long. I believe you know what I mean by that.



Thursday, 15 October 2020

Migration Credentials Evaluation: Why Always WES? (TAGS: OAU, NAIRALAND, TRANSCRIPTS, CERTIFICATE, WES, IQAS, ICES, ICAS, EVALUATION, IELTS)

 Migration Credentials Evaluation: Why Always WES?

Most people don’t get confused on which of all the evaluation bodies recognized by CIC to go for when they want to evaluate their credentials for migration purposes, reason being that you can’t just jump into wanting to process traveling abroad; you must have been talking to people about it, and when you talk to people about what you need to do on your processing, they just tell you either what they heard people did or what they have done themselves, or maybe what they plan doing when they are ready to do such thing too. So it’s like a certain set of information being passed down from generation of people with the same pursuit to another generation and so forth. It’s just rare to have a person who is really serious about their traveling processes and they don’t already know what they want to do and how they want to do it—even before they begin the process. So choosing one from all the available evaluation bodies cannot be a thing of urgency; which if you think deep about—in this case of credentials evaluation and having to choose the same evaluation body everyone chooses—this could shield you from wanting to know about other evaluation bodies and what benefits they have better than the big guns.

I have been in the business of facilitating academic and traveling documents for a while now, and I have talked to a lot of emigration aspirants who believe WES is the only credential-evaluating body, which is always funny to me—especially when they are really adamant about what they know—because there actually are dozens of other evaluation bodies that could be as beneficial as WES or even better. Having done a lot of documents facilitation for a lot of WES-loving clients and hearing feedbacks from them, I can say categorically that WES is the fastest of all the evaluation bodies recognized by the CIC right now—provided your institution doesn’t delay in getting your credentials to them. Also, it is just possible that WES is the cheapest of them all—all other things being equal (other things like: how many credentials you want to evaluate, the kind of evaluation you want to do, how you want your evaluation delivered to your institution). I guess these basically are the reasons why people often go for WES and always advise others to go for WES too, then shielding them from wanting to know what’s up with other evaluation bodies. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, sometimes, it’s just better to go with the modus operandi than try to go a strange path and then you end up being the one from whose mistake everyone would have to learn from. But then, let me still try to point out to you the good sides of a couple of credential-evaluating bodies.

Closely, IQAS is as used as WES, also, it’s almost the same cost, almost the same style of payment, but not as fast as WES. But IQAS is really better for people whose institution delay in the delivery of credentials—which is a thing with most of the Nigerian schools. This is so because if the delivery of your credential to WES has taken more than 3 months, your attention time will have to “loop” when your credential is eventually delivered—especially if it is delivered in hardcopy. Normally, the attention time for your documents is within 21 days after the delivery of the documents, but when your documents took so long to deliver, at any office, you shouldn’t expect your application to still be “right on the desk” anymore, right? This is why it will have to take more than 21 days now; it may be another 7 days added, it may be another 14 days, but there will surely be more days added to your attention time. Whereas, if you are using IQAS, no matter how long it takes your school to deliver your credential, your attention time would not have to “loop”; your 14-21 days is still your 14-21 days. So for emigration aspirants having deadlines to beat, IQAS might just be the best option of an evaluation body.

There are other CIC-recognized evaluation bodies that are not even popular at all—this could be because they suck or whatever, I can’t tell, but of them all, I can tell that the reason why ICES is not popular is not because they suck. ICES is faster than either of WES and IQAS (yes!), responsive customer services and all. Only that ICES is way more costly than WES and IQAS, as—contrary to how WES and IQAS does their charging—each document you want to evaluate at ICES will add extra charges to your expenses, which makes it that as WES and IQAS average around $200 and $210, ICES averages around $240 and $250. I know that’s a lot of difference in cost, but I'm sure you will get what you paid the extra charges for. I'm not sure of this, but I’ve been hearing ICES evaluation has wider credibility and validity, as it is a government-controlled evaluation body; this would be beneficial to emigrants who want to school over there when they get there, as it opens you to more schools and higher chances of being offered an admission.

The thing to take away from here is: it just doesn’t have to always be WES, investigate a lot of evaluation bodies before you settle for one, check out the one having the qualities that suite better what you are trying to do with your credentials and the timeline you’ve got. Also, if you need any help or information concerning your emigration processes, you can contact our 24/7 available line +2348139534187. Wishing you the best of luck in the endeavors.




Monday, 12 October 2020

Problems You May Encounter With OAU Post-UTME Registration and the Solutions to Them (TAGS: NAIRALAND, GOOGLE, OAU, ADMISSION, POSTUTME, POST JAMB, CUT OFF, OBAFEMI AWOLOWO, IFE, FIRST BATCH, SECOND BACTCH)

Problems You May Encounter With OAU Post-UTME Registration and the Solutions to Them

As the application for the OAU Post-UTME for the 2020/2021 applicants goes on, it has to be noted that the situations that lead to “Not Admitted” can start from as early as when the candidate is doing their registration. There are errors that could cost a candidate their good chances of being admitted—even when they have scored the good scores everywhere. You have to be meticulous about everything from the application to the submission of your exams; after all, these are parts of what the Post-UTME screening is meant to confirm—whether you indeed deserve to be admitted to OAU or not, and any mistake at all could make you unworthy of OAU. What are these mistakes? Let’s see.

First of all, if you are an applicant using “Awaiting Results” for your application, please take note that you can only be able to submit the application because you have been given a grace till 28th of November, 2020 for which you must have uploaded your results to the school’s portal. Failure to do this by then could make your screening invalid—lest OAU extends the date (especially in consideration of the SSCE candidates who just wrote their exams not quite long and they are currently awaiting their results). Just do not make the mistake of not returning to the school’s portal to upload your results; admission cannot be offered to you lest all your results are screened.

For the Direct Entry (DE) applicants, whether you will write an exam in the screening or not cannot be confirmed yet, but don’t let that stop you from preparing as though you already know you will be writing the exam, and most importantly, if your transcripts from your previous qualification are not already delivered to OAU’s admission office, please make sure that is done as soon as possible. The DE admission is almost 100% based on the transcripts and not really on the Post-UTME results. You cannot be admitted if your transcripts are not delivered to the admission office, and in fact before the admission processes begin. If you delivered your transcripts or you are delivering it by yourself, be sure it is delivered to the appropriate office. If your previous school has delivered it or is delivering it for you, please find time to go to the admissions office to confirm the delivery, or you find someone who could do that for you. Whichever way, just make sure you confirm that your transcripts are delivered to the school. For JUPEB DE applicants, your JUPEB results must be submitted to the admissions office; most JUPEB applicants don’t know this, they just do the registration and keep expecting admission and not get admitted in the end.

If you can escape any of these mistakes, you are one step closer to being offered an admission. Just be smart with every other thing you would be doing concerning your admission and everything will be alright. And if you need any assistant, any information on your admission processes, don’t hesitate to contact +2348139534187.