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Monday, 23 May 2022

Solutions to the Problems Encountered While Making Payment to WES [NAIRALAND, GOOGLE, EVALUATION]

Solutions to the Problems Encountered While Making Payment to WES

Almost everyone who tried to make payment to WES for the evaluation of their results encounter some problems while trying to make their payment; the most common of these problems is the payment not going through and the payment platform not giving an explicit reason as to why the payment keeps failing. In the most everyday words, I want to address these problems now hoping somebody who needs this information would find it useful.

If you have been trying to make your WES payment and it’s been unsuccessful, I need you to know that the factor that is most likely causing this problem is the fact that WES has a quota of payments they (can) receive per day, and when the quota of a certain day has been reached, no matter how hard and harder you try, you efforts to make your evaluation payment to WES would not go through. So if you have been trying all day today, just take a break and try again tomorrow but earlier now; other things being in their right places, you would record success if you can meet up with the day’s quota.

Another common factor that could cause problems for you while trying to make your WES payment is the bank card you are using; contrary to how a lot of people think you must have a Dollar  card to be able to make payments to WES, you do not have to! Your Naira card can do the job just fine so long you are using any of the card types the platform accepts. Only that this issue of Nigerian banks having a lot of CBN procedures on any fund getting wired abroad and in foreign currencies makes the banks have problems with approving funds easily. So, this might cause you to keep trying several times before your payment to WES goes through.

These are the two factors people have repeatedly called us to ask questions on, and also the problems we have encountered a couple of times while trying to make WES payments for our clients. Just either keep trying so you can meet up with the quota of another day or change the card you are trying to use to make the payment to WES, you would have “payment successful” soon. We wish you the best of luck in this endeavour, but if you need anything at all ranging from your WES issues to your transcript issues, or other documents you need, please contact us on +2348139534187 or info@pec-ng.com.


 

Monday, 16 May 2022

The Next Things for OAU Aspirants Now that they have Passed their UTME [NAIRALAND, OAU ASPIRANTS 2022/2023, OAU POST-UTME, OAU POSTUME, OAU POSTJAMB, OAU ADMISSIONS, OAU PAST QUESTIONS]

 The Next Things for OAU Aspirants Now that they have Passed their UTME

At this time when OAU is on almost 100% shutdown—to mean most of the workers’ unions in the university are on strike and most of the usual processes and activities in the university are currently off, what should a proactive OAU aspirant do so as it wouldn’t be like they have passed UTME and they just want to wait as others till OAU says something—which is dangerous? Yearly, I always advise OAU aspirants to never have a reason to wait till OAU says something about post-UTME before they start making moves about their admission processes; there are thousands  (if not millions) of UTME applicants who chose OAU as their choice of school, but the 200/400 total UTME score required by OAU for an aspirant to qualify for their post-UTME cuts the competition down by lots of thousands to fewer thousands who will also have to compete in the post-UTME before the school’s departments would give out their cutoff marks to cut more thousands of applicants off to the level of having just a few hundreds or less per department. This would mean that from the level of picking up a UTME form and choosing OAU, to the level of admission, being an OAU aspirant would mean that you are competing with thousands of people who want the same thing you want, and there are a lot of things you must do differently and better to be what determines whether you win in the competition or you lose in it.

Picking the most suitable subject combination for your choice of course, scoring high in the UTME, scoring high in the post-UTME, etc. are factors that would necessarily increase your chances of winning in the competition (getting admitted). Added to these would be the fact that knowing who you should know and doing some underground “leg works” would increase your chances of winning in the competition (getting admitted) and winning how you want (getting the course you most desire). The implication of this is that scores alone aren’t enough to guarantee your admission (please note that I didn’t say high score would not get you an admission in OAU, I only said knowing the right people and doing what they need you to do, meticulously and on time would increase your chances of getting admitted). Please decipher this information properly and talk to somebody who knows better about it.

As at now that the school is on strike and most applicants would be waiting for when the school comes back on before they can start making moves on their admission processes, I’d advise an OAU aspirant to:

1). rather be proactive and start preparing for the post-UTME already, as OAU can actually announce the registration and exam date at any time regardless of the ongoing strike. So, you should get your OAU post-UTME study packs now and start studying for the exam already (we can help you get the study packs and courier them to you if you are far away from OAU/Ife);

2). sign up for coaching at a tutorial centre that understands OAU styles of screening (we would be glad to have you at our tutorial centre in Ife, and we promise to deliver success in the post-UTME and admission processes, read about our tutorial centre here. We also have hostel facilities for students who may want to stay in Ife and close to OAU to be able to prepare for the post-UTME better, read about our hostel services here). If you prefer a private tutor, please get a private tutor who has written and aced a couple of OAU exams—this would help you;

3). network with other OAU aspirants and join chat groups full of OAU aspirants like you, this would help you get informed, you can also confirm information in the groups; just be careful to not strongly attach to another candidate’s experience or strategies, what worked for them may not work for you; also, and importantly,

4). try to connect with people who are strong in the system from the level of your aspired department to the level of the Senate of the school—you would understand what I mean by this if you agree that in Nigeria, the people you know where you are going would determine how fast and easy the doors open to you.  I will not explain this more than I already have, but please do what you should with this little information I just gave you. I wish you all the best in the endeavour.



Our Services for OAU Undergraduate Degrees Aspirants

 Our Services for OAU Undergraduate Degrees Aspirants

Here are a few of the services we at Pathfinders Edu. Consultancy provide for students who are interested in having OAU as their choice of university and they want to do all that should and must be done to have such admission:

1). we share the most recent and the most needed information about OAU admissions, and also about OAUTH School of Nursing admission too. You can follow our updates on any of our social media pages;

2). we help applicants with their OAU Post-UTME screening registration, and we guide them to making the best decisions and taking the best actions for a win;

3). we help with admission processing into the school’s degree programmes, and into OAUTH School of Nursing too;

4). we provide hostel for UTME and Post-UTME candidates who like to come down to Ife and closer to OAU to get coaching for the exams. Click here to check our hostel facilities out;

5). we run tutorial centre for coaching UTME, Post-UTME, JUPEB, Pre-degree and OAU School of Nursing screening candidates to help them excel in the exams; and
6). We run short-time computer training programmes for candidates preparing for Computer-Based Tests (CBT).

Contact us now:

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Monday, 9 May 2022

ASUU, SSANU and NASU Strikes and How University Alumni Are the Major but Unsuspected Victims

ASUU, SSANU and NASU Strikes and How University Alumni Are the Major but Unsuspected Victims

When any section of any school goes passive on their works, the students of such schools are the most noticed group of victims, and this is very normal; the students are the core of the jobs of the staff, so the core gets more attention. But in the case of a university being shut down for weeks because most of the unions of staff in the school are on strike, this would mean there are other victims different from the students; there are always traders and businesses affected, and the effects this always has on the alumni body of the universities are always these people get stuck and cannot move forward with their endeavours in life.

Let me start from the people who just wrote their final exams and are waiting to move on to the next stage of their lives but they are being kept waiting because the staff they need to do things like clearance, service mobilization and so on for them are on strike. I know how depressing this could be because I experienced this during my days of being a fresh graduate too; I had to wait for almost two years after writing my final exams before getting cleared for service, I couldn’t work because I had no document telling I’m a graduate, I couldn’t take up anything to learn because I was cautious I could make payments to learn something and the strikes get called off some days later, which would mean my money gets wasted as I would not be able to continue with such training. There are lots of fresh graduates being victims of this circumstance at this time, and they have nothing they can do about it, they can only wait and pray. If you ever wonder why fresh graduates get depressed easily, this is one of the reasons. This set of alumni is always overlooked in times like this, and this is bad.

Other set of alumni that suffer strikes but are rarely noticed are the old set of alumni who now want to go ahead in life and they need documents like their academic transcripts, Proof of Proficiency in English, verification of results and so on from their universities but the schools are on almost 100% shut down because every one is on strike, hence, these people cannot move forward with their life endeavours; people applying for postgraduate programmes outside the country and needing their documents from their previous local university can only hope the strikes are called off soon. The schools they are applying to aren’t on strike and their calendar would not wait on applicants whose documents can’t be made ready already because their previous schools are on strike. Employees who have been asked by their employers to provide their academic transcripts and have been given a deadline are not able to do that because their schools are on strike. This set of alumni are not one of the things that bother the government, but they should really be paid better attention to as this is a set of people who already have what to contribute to the economy or to the country somehow, but they cannot do that because they have been held down by the system.

It is understandable why unions would agitate and go on strike—especially in this our Nigeria, but schools management need to already develop some kind of mechanisms that would reduce the effects of these actions on the alumni body—especially when it comes to documents production, schools should never let anything whatsoever come in the ways of that. Schools management can contract independent bodies to keep the business of documents production going, or contract parts of their employees who are on strike to keep the documents production business going. We cannot keep shutting down the transcripts production system! This never and will never have any time it doesn’t try to ruin the lives of people who are promising to be of good benefits to Nigeria; even when a good-large part of them who are running abroad think they are escaping the country to never come back, they still end up being a good source of income to the country, so it’s never a loss for Nigeria. This system needs to do something about universities usually getting shut down, and it must also look deeper into avoiding any shut down ruining opportunities for alumni who are super ready to rise and shine.



Monday, 21 March 2022

How to be Part of How Student Visa is Making Emigration Easier for Nigerians 02 [TAGS: SCHOLARSHIPS, CERTIFIED TRUE COPY, CERTIFICATE CERTIFICATION, VERIFICATION OF RESULTS, VERIFICATION OF TRANSCRIPTS, FULLY FUNDED, ADMISSION, VISA, STUDENT VISA, SWEDEN, CANADA, WES, EVALUATION, PROOF OF ENGLISH, TRANSCRIPT]

 How to be Part of How Student Visa is Making Emigration Easier for Nigerians 02

I started talking about the documents you must have if you are trying to migrate abroad using the student visa—which is facilitated by first gaining admission to a school in the country you are trying to migrate to. This would mean you are going to have to provide a lot of academic documents on your previously-earned academic qualifications. I have mentioned and discussed here a couple of the needed documents you must have before even trying to apply for any scholarship or admission abroad so that your Nigerian school would not sabotage the processing of your admission/scholarship or make you lose it when you have been offered a provisional admission but you need some documents for the admission to be finalized; we all know how our Nigerian schools are rarely capable of providing documents fast—transcripts especially. I will be discussing more of the academic documents you would be needing to process an abroad scholarship or admission, and I would not forget to state the ones you should have at hand before applying to all—to make your application easy. For the record, I have discussed: (1). Unofficial Transcripts and (2). Proof of Proficiency in English Language in the previous write-up, and on this one I would be discussing (3). Certified True Copy of Certificate and (4). Verification of Results.

3. Certification of Certificate/Certified True Copy of Certificate (CTCC): Your CCTC is the stamped and signed coloured copy of your certificate you are using to process the scholarship or admission you are seeking for, this stamping and signing is done by the Exams and Records of the school you got the qualification from so that the institution you are using the qualification at would be assured your certificate is not a forged document, and that the school indeed issued you the certificate and they approve of what you are trying to use it for and how you are trying to use it. Different schools with different ways of producing the CTCC; while some schools do this for free, some collect money ranging from #1,000 to #7,500. You just have to print your certificate in colours and submit it to your Exams and Records after applying for it to be certified. The submitted document would be stamped and signed by an authority of the Exams and Records, and that is how you have your CTCC. Now you can scan and upload it to any platform where you need it or send it by email or courier to them—depending on how they request you get it to them. Please remember that we can make this happen for you fast and without you having to stress on anything; just contact us on +2348139534187 or info@pec-ng.com  now so we can talk about this.

(4). Verification of Results: A lot of people get them confused with each other Verification of Results and Certification of Certificate but they are far different from each other. I believe the major reason for this confusion is because most alumni don’t know the difference between a transcript and a certificate until they need their transcripts and their Nigerian schools have to frustrate them so much that they forcefully learn what transcripts are and how they are processed differently from a certificate. Note that while transcripts are documents detailing your courses, units, grades, everything that happened to you and with you and your programme from your admission year to your graduation year, a certificate is a document summarizing the completion of your programme and the class of your final CGPA. This means unlike your certificate that is produced by your department/faculty informing your Senate that you qualify to graduate and the class of CGPA you qualify to graduate with, the production of your transcripts depends on every course you took during your programme, their units their titles, the grades you got on them, how many times you had to take them to pass. The production of your transcripts may also need to carry passport photograph, your date of birth, details on the leave of absence you took while in school, details on transfer from one department to another, details on when you were permitted to take more unit of courses more or lesser than the normal unit you should take in a given semester. Because of all these needed data is why transcripts production is never as fast as certificate production in Nigeria, as our schools aren’t that efficient with data keeping. All said means that transcripts production is far different from certificate production and more rigorous; some schools even go to the length of leaving certificate production and other relating documents to the Exams and Records while they create a Transcripts Department for the production of transcripts. By the explanation of the dichotomy between transcripts and certificates, it should be easier now to summarize the difference between Verification of Results and Certification of Certificate to the former having to do with transcripts and the latter having to do with certificates. Verification of Results happens when an institution your transcripts have been sent to (by your or your school) contacts your school to verify that: the transcripts were sent by them, the transcripts have not been tampered with in the process of sending, or anything the verification-requesting institution has done on the transcripts either to evaluate or interpret them have not faulted the true value of the qualification; this is why evaluating bodies like WES, IQAS, SAQAS, etc. often request for Verification of Results after they have evaluated your transcripts. Different schools with different processes of verifying results; some do it for free, some need you to make some payments and push some documents before it is done for you. You already know we can get this done for you and fast, just contact us on +2348139534187 or info@pec-ng.com  now so we can talk about this.

 

I will be discussing more documents needed for abroad admission or scholarship next week. To not miss out on this write-up, you can subscribe to our newsletter on this website or contact us here so that the write-up would be delivered to your email the very minute we publish it. Have a productive week.



Tuesday, 15 March 2022

How to be Part of How Student Visa is Making Emigration Easier for Nigerians 01 [TAGS: SCHOLARSHIPS, FULLY FUNDED, ADMISSION, VISA, STUDENT VISA, SWEDEN, CANADA, WES, EVALUATION, PROOF OF ENGLISH, TRANSCRIPT]

 How to be Part of How Student Visa is Making Emigration Easier for Nigerians 01

One of the greatest things to happen to the demography of educated Nigerians in the last two-three years is the sudden burst in the rate of “japa” via student visa; the average increase in the number of Nigerians who travelled abroad with a student visa between 2019 and 2020 compared to any prior years is crazy! This is not even as crazy as the average increase in the number of Nigerians who travelled abroad with student visa between 2020 and 2021, and 2021-2022 is trying to be mad crazy as well. This can only mean the opportunity to japa via student visa is becoming more feasible for more people per year. Now the question is, how does a new person get involved in this trend? How can they avoid being one of the too many people that would spend so much resources and yet not have their student visa? How can they be one of the few lucky ones who get their student visa softly, travel abroad softly, and announce their japa softly? Well, for a fact, I know money is a major factor in this; without funds, don’t even go into trying to travel abroad, that thing costs money. Secondly, I know connections can do a lot too; you can have all the money you need to accomplish the process, but if you are not connected to the appropriate resources, you might just end up stranded and disappointed. Last but not the least, I know that information (the on-time and correct information) is very important to your emigration processes; no accurate and on-time information, the chances of getting the good success is infinitesimally small. Let me not concern this write-up with your funds you have or do not have ready for the emigration processes, let me not concern it with the connections you have or no do have, let me concern it with the basic information you must have and understand before engaging in emigration processes via student visa; as this is what Pathfinders Edu. Consultancy (PEC) is best at and can be of service on.

Scholarship and admission processes are based on documents, I mean several documents; nothing about traveling would be possible if you do not have the documents needed and on time. For a person trying to travel via student visa and get this visa via admission and scholarship, this would mean you would need a lot of academic documents. Let’s address these documents one by one, how you can get them, what they would cost you, and how we can be of service:

1. Unofficial Transcript (Student Copy): While some schools and scholarship boards abroad just demand for your official transcript as early as you are applying for an opportunity with them, most of the schools and scholarship boards only require you to upload and send your unofficial transcript to them for them to process your admission or scholarship, but when you have been considered for such admission or scholarship and you are found qualified, they would ask you to request that your school sends your official transcript to them for them to validate your qualification and then finally offer you your admission letter with which you would process your student visa. In case you do not know the difference between an unofficial transcript and an official transcript; normally, the former is yours and addressed to you, while the latter is addressed to the institution you are using it at and it is sent to them directly from your school, and they must be the one to open it; it’s not official anymore if opened by another body. However, in some type of way, a transcript addressed to one institution or body as an official document could be used in another institution as an unofficial document, but this is abnormal and unusual. It is advisable you have your unofficial transcript ready with you before applying for admissions or scholarships, as most Nigerian schools might delay the delivery of your transcript to you if you have applied for the admissions or scholarship already and your advancement in the process depends solely on the availability of your unofficial transcript. Most Nigerian applicants are victims of this, and they put themselves under unnecessary deadline pressures and failure because of this; some of them transfer these pressures to agents like us working on documents processing as their schools cannot be pressurized. You are advised to have your unofficial transcript already before applying for admissions or scholarships at all, to avoid the pressures of deadline. How to get your unofficial transcript depends on your school; some schools in Nigeria make the request for this available electronically, some are still manual about it. But know this and know peace, no matter what school you are requesting your transcript from, you are most likely to need a third-party or an agent to run the on-ground errands for you on processing your transcripts. If you request for your transcript and leave your school to it, you just might not get it ever or at best get it only after several months. Mind you, we are here to help you on this, just reach out to us on +2348139534187 or info@pec-ng.com so we can talk about you getting your unofficial transcript fast and without stress. 

2. Proof of Proficiency in English Language (PPEL): PPEL is another important academic document you would be needing in processing your abroad admissions or scholarships if you are aspiring for Europe or the Americas; it is very important because the schools in these continents would ask you to have passed some kind of international English test, but then, if you have taken any programme in English Language before and the qualification of that programme is what you are using to get an admission or a scholarship abroad, getting a PPEL from the school you got the qualification from could give you a waiver for an international English test. So to say, PPEL saves you from having to write IELTS, GRE or TOEFL. How PPEL is produced varies from school to school; some schools give this document for free, some collect funds ranging from #1,000 to #10,000 to produce this document for you. Remember, whether free or costing money, you would still be needing an agent or a third-party on ground to process this document for you so you wouldn’t have to be in your school to do the run around. PEC can be of help on this as well. Just reach out to us on +2348139534187 or info@pec-ng.com so we can talk about you getting your PPEL without stress, and fast.

I still have some five academic documents more to talk about, but I wouldn’t want to overload this write-up to make it a hard one to read and understand, so read a little more of this here.



Wednesday, 9 March 2022

Verification of Results and Certified True Copy of Certificate: What’s the Difference, Their Uses, and How Do they Get Processed in OAU and UI? [TAGS: NAIRALAND, GOOGLE, OAU, UI, TRANSCRIPTS, SCHOLARSHIP, ADMISSION]

Verification of Results and Certified True Copy of Certificate: What’s the Difference, Their Uses, and How Do they Get Processed in OAU and UI?

Everyone knows exactly what document they want from their school—which is good, but sometimes, an excessive level of this assurance often causes a lot of problems for agents like us working on academic documents for alumni of Nigerian schools; it gets even more tedious when we encounter the client who just wants to stick to their understanding of what their travel agent or PR told them, or what they think the abroad institution they are applying to is asking them to provide. But then, it is a fact that people like us who have been doing the same thing for different people at different levels over a couple of years are likely to have a big well of experiences from which they could give a better or more information from, and while some clients make it easy for us to enlighten them, some just get really dogmatic and become impossible to educate—which, by the way, often leads them to having to spend more or having to wait for longer time for them to have what they want. An instance of this is when you inform a client who studied English Language as a course in school that they do not need to write any international English test like IELTS, GRE or TOEFL if they are seeking admission to an English-speaking country/school that requires that they have the good knowledge of English Language but then they insist that their abroad school they are seeking admission to requires every applicant to write an international English test. It’s also the same case as when you tell a person whose qualification they have at hand was taught in English Language that they do not need to write an international English test, they only need to get a Proof of Proficiency in English Language from their school and they would have a waiver on any international English test, but then, the client who know too much just wants to stick to what they know. As this drama happens with international English test and Proof of Proficiency in English Language, so does it with verification of results and certified true copy of a certificate?

Let me make this clear in one sentence that verification of results is not the same as certified true copy of certificate, and they do not do the same thing when it comes to seeking employment, admission or scholarship; while verification of results means that an institution has sent your academic transcripts to your school you got the qualification from, asking your school to verify that your transcripts were indeed sent by them, and that your results in the transcripts are correct, a certified true copy of your certificate would mean that an institution or a body is asking your school to confirm the genuineness of your certificate. Using the standard and modus operandi of OAU and UI, Verification of results is initiated by your requesting institution by sending a request for verification to your school, you pay some money to your school, do some leg works (or have someone do these for you), and your school replies to the request by verifying that your transcripts are genuine and the results in them are correct. Using the standard and modus operandi of OAU and UI, a certified true copy of your certificate is produced by your school’s Exams and Records stamping and signing a coloured copy of your certificate and sending it to the requesting body; this would mean to the requesting body that your school has confirmed to them that your certificate is genuine.

This information should be able to tell already that these two documents are not the same—as one is about your transcripts and the other about your certificate, and they don’t do the same thing as a lot of clients confuse their uses with each other. So when we have a client who—by what they are describing—sounds like what they need is a certified true copy of their certificate but they are insisting that what they need is verification of results, or when we have a client who—by what they are describing—sounds like what they need is a verification of their transcripts but they are insisting that what they need is a certified true copy, what we would resort to is the “do you” strategy; we help them get what they say they want and wait for when their requesting institution would send them back to their school to collect the right document required, and when they come back to us now sober and ready to listen, we let them know we been knew they were wrong. The purpose of this publication is not only to enlighten the readers on the differences between verification of results and a certified true copy, and the differences in the processes of producing these documents, but also to let potential clients needing these documents know that they must be flexible enough to want to listen to the agents they are contacting to help them process these documents from their schools, as these agents often know better and more than the information they may have gotten from anyone else. We came in peace, and only to enlighten and serve if you need services relating to these.




Monday, 14 February 2022

Your Proof of Proficiency in English Language from UI or OAU: The Fast and Easy Ways to Getting It [TAGS: PROOF OF ENGLISH, PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH, OAU, UI, OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN, SCHOLARSHIP, ADMISSION, TRAVELING]

Your Proof of Proficiency in English Language from UI or OAU: The Fast and Easy Ways to Getting It

I have published so many write-ups on how a Proof of Proficiency in English Language (PPEL) can waive you from having to take an IELTS or some other test of English Language for you your emigration, scholarship and admission processes, so I wouldn’t need to talk about that again on this one write-up. If you want to know more about PPEL and how it can be useful in your travel endeavours, kindly check out the blog list on this web to find topics on PPEL that are related to the information you are looking to find, and I’m sure you would find exactly what you are looking for, or at least something really close. So, without further ado and without spending more words on the usefulness of PPEL, I will be jumping from here to talking about how the PEC Team can help you get your Proof of Proficiency in English Language from University of Ibadan or Obafemi Awolowo University to be sent to your doorstep by courier or to your email address without you having to stress yourself on anything at all. Read below what you’d need to do.

Getting your Proof of Proficiency in English Language from OAU or UI is not a rigorous process, only that a lot of on-ground logistics are involved (if you know what I mean), which makes it impossible to be a thing to apply for online and just wait for the delivery—you might end up waiting forever and still not get the document, just because your online application is somewhere unprocessed. The processes for PPEL usually involve: filling the form, making payments on Remita, receipt conversion, submission of supporting documents (like copies of your certificate), and so on. The implication of this is that there would end up being bureaucracies and red-tapism that would cause some unnecessary delays before the document is finally ready for collection—if it’s going to be ready ever. In fact you are going to have to go down to your school to process the document yourself if you don’t have somebody who knows the whereabouts to do the waka-about for you. However, we the PEC Team, we do this for a price; we can get your Proof of Proficiency in English Language ready to be couriered to your doorstep in just 4 or 5 working days. Contact us now on +2348139534187 or fill this form here to make the order for your Proof of Proficiency in English Language so we continue from there.



Tuesday, 1 February 2022

Terms of Engaging Pathfinders Edu. Consultancy in Your Document Processing

Terms of Engaging Pathfinders Edu. Consultancy in Your Document Processing 

Deal with Pathfinders Edu. Consultancy (PEC) if and only if you have read the terms below and you are agreeing to engage us based on them:

1). You are aware and you agree to work with the facts that PEC is in no way affiliated to your school (from which you need your document), and that PEC can only do on processing your document what your school allows us to do on your behalf.

2). We have no capacity whatsoever to produce such document as you are requesting for from your school through us, which means we do not have the power to determine exactly when your document would be ready as produced by your school (only your school can do this); we can only help you place the request for the document or/and help you monitor the progress or/and do what your school allows us to do on your behalf.

3). On filling any form issued to you by PEC to respond to, PEC would not make any adjustment on any information you provide on the form; your document request would be placed strictly based on the information you provide on the form, and PEC will not take responsibility for any effect of any wrong response you provide.

4). PEC does not make refunds!

Please don't deal with PEC or make any payment to PEC on anything relating to any document you want from your school if you do not agree to work with every of the terms stated above.

Thank you.


Monday, 10 January 2022

Admission and Scholarship Hopefuls and How their Former Lecturers Harm them With Lazy Recommendation Letters [TAGS: recommendation letter, scholarship, admission, abroad, emigration]

 Admission and Scholarship Hopefuls and How their Former Lecturers Harm them With Lazy Recommendation Letters

I recently came across a write-up written by Prof. Moses Ochonu, and it is one of the best write-ups to read if you are an aspirant of emigration looking for admission or scholarship abroad. I like the article so much because it would be what I would have written on how lecturers act like gods when their former students need them to write a recommendation letter for them when they are seeking admission or scholarship in furtherance of their education, and how when they respond to a lucky student’s request for recommendation, they do it in a way that would have no good boost it’s giving the applicant on getting the admission or scholarship they need such recommendation for. This is a very awful work behaviour among the Nigerian lecturers and it doesn’t look like a lot of people are yet thinking it’s high time the academic staff unions, the schools management, the schools commission were pressured to educate their lecturer members and employees to take jobs like this seriously. Let me drop the write-up by Professor Moses below, he discusses this problem better than I would.

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WRITING RECOMMENDATION LETTERS

Let's discuss how Nigerians unintentionally--or as a compatriot told me recently, intentionally--sabotage other Nigerians' chances of upward socioeconomic and educational mobility. A talented Nigerian student/graduate is applying to a graduate program in Euro-America and asks her current or former lecturers to write her the required recommendation letters. Some of the lecturers don't even bother to write the letter. The applicant has to chase them down and plead. Sometimes they have to travel from one part of the country to the other  to plead in person as phone calls, texts, and emails don't work with the lecturers. It's as though the lecturers don't want to support the applicant's foreign educational aspirations. It's part of their job, but lecturers act as if they're doing their current and former students a favor by writing these letters. Many applicants have missed critical application deadlines because of this attitude.

The ones who agree to write the letter take the most cavalier attitude to it. They write unusably perfunctory nonsense such as "Ms so and so was a student in our department; she was a well behaved student; she worked hard and performed well in her classes; she has a good character and is very respectful; her academic record is okay." Far from helping the applicant's chances, this type of letter actually damages and puts her at a disadvantage in relation to her fellow applicants. I should know, since I've served on both graduate admissions and fellowship and grant committees many times. Where to begin? First of all such a letter says nothing, absolutely nothing, about the applicant's intellectual abilities, unique academic skills, or the specificities of their academic record. It  is too general to be useful. It does not offer any insight into the lecturer's academic/intellectual relationship with the applicant, so why should we take the letter writer seriously as someone who can vouch for the applicant?

There is no mention of classes the applicant took with the lecturer, how they did in such classes, how they stood out, what they did to impress the lecturer, why the lecturer believes the applicant would thrive and blossom in the graduate program, etc. There is no praise, no enthusiasm--only bland, lukewarm, generic comments. It's better not to write a recommendation than to write one that does not endorse the applicant or highlight her intellectual promise and quality. Then there is the issue of brevity. Some of these letters that I've seen are one paragraph or at most two--too sketchy to offer any substantive glimpse into the applicant's abilities or give one a sense of the applicant's unique talents and intellectual drive.

Finally, there is the annoyingly meaningless deployment of Nigerian idiosyncrasies and cliches. When a Nigerian lecturer writes "hardworking," the North American evaluators of the applicant's materials read it as "mediocre." When the evaluators see a word such as "solid," they don't think it indicates excellence, as it might in Nigeria. In popular and even professional Nigerian usage, "okay" means good. Not so in the North American educational parlance. It does not mean good. Rather, it denotes bad or mediocre. Saying someone is "okay" indicates reservation, that the letter writer is holding back outright praise because the applicant does not deserve it. And nobody wants to know or cares about the applicant's personal character, so commenting on how well behaved or respectful she is is an unhelpful digression at best and at worst a damaging indication that you have nothing substantive or glowing to say about her academic abilities and intellectual talent. What has the applicant being "kind" got to do with her ability to undertake graduate work, cope with its rigors, and do well?

I don't know whether it is laziness on the part of the lecturers or a lack of awareness about Western higher educational conventions. I suppose it's a mix of the two. Whatever it is, these lecturers are destroying the chances and prospects of talented Nigerian applicants, who lose out of opportunities because their former or current teachers write non-recommendation recommendation letters on their behalf.  I've lived and worked in America long enough to know that, in making admission and other decisions, no evaluator will ignore a sketchy, general, and lukewarm endorsement from a person who purportedly knows and has taught and mentored the applicant--the recommender. If the recommending lecturer doesn't sound so enthusiastic about the applicant, why should I? That's the general attitude. Ignorance of what is expected in the letter is no excuse. I've even seen such a letter which was written by a Nigeria-based lecturer who studied in the US and is thus aware of how critical recommendation letters are and how they should be written. This lends credence to the theory that some of this could be intentional sabotage on the part of some recommending lecturers.

It is sometimes so sad and frustrating for folks like me to read recommendation letters from North American professors saying that such and such applicant is a reincarnation of Albert Einstein and Jacques Derrida in one flesh and then to read a meaningless three-sentence recommendation letter from a Nigerian lecturer about a Nigerian applicant you know is much more talented than the North American applicant whose abilities and talents are being advanced in highfalutin, exaggerated terms. The interesting thing is that I read recommendation letters written by academics in other countries for other international applicants and they conform for the most part to the North American convention of high praise and substantive commentary on the applicant, her accomplishments, and her ongoing work.  We're cheating ourselves and putting ourselves at a disadvantage in a globalized, hyper-competitive world.

Wednesday, 5 January 2022

Can Proof of Proficiency in English Language Replace IELTS? [TAGS: SCHOLARSHIPS, ADMISSION, STUDENT VISA, IELTS, PROOF OF ENGLISH, ABROAD, AMERICA, EUROPE, ENGLISH TEXT, ENGLISH PROFICIENCY]

 Can Proof of Proficiency in English Language Replace IELTS?

There are questions emigration hopefuls ask about their documents and the kind of visa they are looking to get—especially the academic admission seekers; questions ranging from: how, if possible, to extend the lifespan of their IELTS to make it be useful still after the normal two years it’s usually valid for? Is WES evaluation necessary for all admission seekers in the Americas? Short answers to these questions are: yes, there are ways the lifespan of your IELTS can be extended to remain useful after two years; and no, WES evaluation is not a compulsion, only few schools in the Americas ask for WES evaluation. On another publication on this web, I will be writing comprehensively on the extension of the lifespan of IELTS, and on when you need or do not need WES evaluation. But on this one, I only intend to make some clarifications on the need for Proof of Proficiency in English Language (POPEL) and the need for IELTS, as well as when you need either of the two as a foreign admission seeker.

You should know that for a student seeking admission abroad, POPEL covers a very large portion of the function of IELTS for you; this would mean, although IELTS could be compulsory to other kinds of visas for people trying to work and reside abroad, but for a student visa, IELTS is not compulsory at all, only few schools compulsorily request for IELTS for them to be able to consider you for the admission that would allow you get the student visa, most of the schools—in the Americas especially—only need to be convinced that your previous educational qualification—which you are using as the criteria for the admission you are seeking for in the school abroad—was done in English Language, and that the kind of English Language used matches the kind they want. In this sense, this would mean if you are looking for scholarships or admissions abroad with a degree qualification you already have in Nigeria, what you would need to have to convince your aspired school abroad that the qualification was done in English Language is for you to get a Proof of Proficiency in English Language (POPEL) from your school you got the qualification you are using to apply from. Your school would state in the POPEL that the programme was done in English Language, and they would state the kind of English Language used.

You would rarely need IELTS in seeking for admission abroad as only a very small number of schools would ask an admission seeker for that. So, the answer to if you can replace IELTS with POPEL is a no, because the two are different things with one doing a small part of the job of the other. But despite the fact that the answer is no, that doesn’t mean IELTS is compulsory for all admission seekers, it only means there are some cases where you must have your IELTS, but there are so many cases where POPEL is what you need and not IELTS at all. So make your enquiries before wasting money on IELTS when all you need is a POPEL. I wish you luck in your emigration endeavours.



Friday, 17 December 2021

TPS is not What we Shouted for to Be the Solution to OAU’s Transcripts War [TAGS: NAIRALAND, OAU, TRANSCRIPTS, TPS, ETX, OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY, IFE]

TPS is not What we Shouted for to Be the Solution to OAU’s Transcripts War

Flash back to 2019, 2020 and early 2021 when every noise on the internet about OAU’s transcripts processes was about how uncalled for it was that a company like ETX is left to handle OAU’s transcripts business; we wanted something to change by all means so that alumni of OAU can have the hope of getting their transcripts in few weeks instead of having to wait on the delivery of the transcripts for 5 months to never getting them. Also, we complained about how the transcripts process is said to be online but then anyone who requests for their transcripts online would still have to visit the campus to carry their own files and papers up and down the offices, or be there to “motivate” the ones who are actually employed and paid to do such things, or be there to monitor how their file moves within offices. This should never be so. If we say the order for something is online so as to aid its processes and delivery, and make sure the people who need this thing do not have to be on ground for it after paying for not needing to be on ground for it. It would be ridiculous to say I ordered for a pair of shoes on Jumia and I still have to go to the seller my order is coming from just to monitor the quality of my order and the speed of clearing the order. This is why ETX’s service with OAU’s transcript was ridiculous; you paid so you wouldn’t have to be on ground, then you ended up having to be on ground or must someone on ground to monitor your order for you. This is aside the fact that ETX was exploitative; you paid too much for any order made, you paid for what you would not get eventually, and they ended up making you unavoidably pay for a service that was listed “optional”. Hence, the revolution against ETX that led us to having TPS as the new transcripts platform in OAU. But after almost 6 months of intervention, what has TPS done different and better?

Judging from my four years experience with ETX and my near-six months experience with TPS, I can tell you categorically that TPS is the worst that makes you regret you fought against the bad; ETX was awful, but TPS is a misfortune! When we were yarning for OAU to handle her own transcripts business instead of handling it over to a private company, we never considered the fact that when OAU starts to handle such business, they people she would put on it would be the civil servants who don’t like to work or don’t have enough skill for the functions they are placed on; people who are negligent and people who must be “motivated” for them to be able to do what they are employed and paid for. And sincerely speaking, this is the case in OAU right now when it comes to transcripts. At the very least, ETX was pretending to be working, but TPS people don’t work and they don’t pretend to be working, neither do they want to hear what you have to complain about or an issue you are having (terrible seller-buyer communication). With ETX, if your order was still at some stages, you could still cancel your order and get a good sum of your money back, but with TPS, once you have paid you have paid, you cannot cancel the order if you change your mind about it or you don’t need the transcripts anymore where you ordered for it to be sent to. You cannot even edit your data in the case when you have an error in the data. You’d send them a mail expecting a response you are never getting. Nothing about this is good!

If you go to the Senate and observe the activities at the Transcripts Department, compare the sluggishness and negligence with the urgent needs for transcripts, you would know nothing is right at the department; the department should be as busy as banks every hour of the day!. Let me make this simpler, at the very least TPS would receive 50 transcripts order per day (I know this because I make the average of 10 transcripts orders for people per week, and I’m only one person), but the unfortunate thing is, the transcripts that get done, cleared for dispatched and gets out of the Senate per day cannot be up to 10 per day. This shows that for every 50 transcripts ordered, only 10 of it would be delivered, leaving us with the deficit of 40 every day. Just imagine that every other industries work this way; only 1/5 of their works are fulfilled by the end of the day; in school, this would mean they are scoring 20/100, this is a big F! TPS is a failure already! The whole of OAU’s Transcripts Department is a failure! When it comes to transcripts businesses, OAU is a failure! This is the truth. TPS is not giving us the solution we yarned for, it rather made the situation worse.



Monday, 22 November 2021

Something the 2021/2022 OAU Aspirants Must Know About their Admission Selection Process [TAGS: NAIRALAND, OAU, ADMISSION, POST-UTME, POST-JAMB, UTME, JAMB, FIRST LIST, FIRST BATCH, SECOND LIST, SECOND BATCH, SUPPLEMENTARY LIST, VC LIST,

Something the 2021/2022 OAU Aspirants Must Know About their Admission Selection Process

One of the important things any aspirant of OAU of this admission session is expected to have heard is about how from the candidates of the recently written Post-UTME, OAU is and can only admit 40% of their NUC admission quota (I will expatiate on this quota and the 40% later, but first get why this is so). This is so because the COVID-19 lockdown made schools loose an academic session in 2020/2021, meanwhile JAMB was still running their admission session by continuing to conduct UTME and DE. This means for schools to be able to keep their academic session up with the admission session, they would not only have to cancel an admission session or merge two admission sessions together, but for any school merging two admission sessions up. They would also have to admit lesser than their usual NUC quota from each of the admission sessions they are merging together; this is the case of OAU.

OAU’s NUC quota as at the 2017/2018 admission session was 11,000 to be matriculated for an admission session. I know this because OAU admitted about 15,000 the said session and NUC had to put a check on that (that was the year NUC was hot and dis-accrediting departments and schools anyhow). This said session, OAU had to scatter the about 15,000 names they had cleared for admission to remove thousands of them so they could fit into their NUC quota. I do not know what the NUC quota for OAU is at this time, but let’s assume it’s still 11,000. This would mean the 60:40 ratio OAU is using to admit from the two admission sessions merged together would mean 60% of the NUC quota from one session and 40% from the other. OAU had admitted the 60% (6,600 of 11,000) from the 2020/2021 applicants who wrote the Post-UTME earlier in 2021, and the remaining 40% (4,400 of 11,000) would be admitted from the 2021/2022 applicants who wrote the Post-UTME later in 2021, and the two admission sessions would resume together in January 2022 for the 2021/2022 academic session.

Now, the important thing I said every aspirants of OAU of this 2021/2022 admission session must know is that OAU is only taking 4,400 no matter how many candidates passed the screening. Now, for your chances of getting admitted to be high, it has to be: (1) you have a really high aggregate score—in fact a score that is normally too high for the course you are aspiring for; (2) you have to know somebody of high office in the management (take this seriously); and (3) you have to be ready to do whatever it’d cost you for your name to be listed for admission this year. 4,400 is a very small number to pick from the thousands of people who passed the Post-UTME; admission can’t be on merit on this one. I wish you success as you find your way around getting the support you really need.



Wednesday, 15 September 2021

On OAU Transcripts Services ETX was the Jonathan and TPS the Buhari [TAGS: OAU, TRANSCRIPTS, ETX, TPS, TRANSCRIPT, NAIRALAND, WES, IQAS, ONLINE TRANSCRIPT]

On OAU Transcripts Services ETX was the Jonathan and TPS the Buhari

Just recently, I tracked every one of my 27 transcripts requests made on TPS for my clients (transcripts I didn’t “process”), and 26 of the these requests are still hanging at “Payment Received” while only one of them has been updated to “Transcripts Generated” since almost two months that I have paid for these orders. Seeing this, only one thing came to mind: ‘how is TPS better than ETX for God’s sake?’; this exactly is what ETX used to do with OAU transcripts that was getting the alumni frustrated and losing opportunities. ETX would send you several programmed messages while you are trying to make the order for your transcripts on the platforms, and the moment you have made the payment for the order and they have sent you a mail confirming your payment, end of story, you don’t hear from them anymore; no phone number to call (if there is one, it is sure they wouldn’t answer the calls). When you send them mails, they don’t reply, when you contact them via the “messaging” feature on your tracking page on their web, they would only after several days send you a generic message that would show you they didn’t really read the message you sent to them or they read it but they have no idea what’s happening about your transcripts processes. You would have to either come down to ETX or the Transcripts Department to know anything at all about your transcripts processes or pay somebody to do the run around for you—which all negate the idea of online services for transcripts. If you didn’t experience this with ETX, then you might not really understand how depressing it was.

Even after I personally had understood how ETX and the Transcripts Department work, I requested for my personal transcripts and intentionally didn’t influence anything about its processing just to see how long it would take for it to be delivered, it took almost 9 months! I should add that I had initially requested for my transcripts severally, which means it shouldn’t be as rigorous as the first time, but it was still rigorous and delayed. I traced what happened to it and learned my file was under somebody’s table with several other files unattended to. If I had a deadline for what I needed the transcripts for, it would have been a loss for me. Too many OAU alumni go through this too. When ETX was disengaged from OAU’s transcripts services and TPS was introduced just about two months ago, I personally had high hopes things were about to change for the better; especially for the first two weeks of TPS engagement and how they delivered so many transcripts ordered for on the new platform within two weeks, it was so hope-raising until just about one month into the engagement of TPS that they started behaving like ETX too. More like when Nigerians were tired of Goodluck Jonathan and APC used that to sell Muhammadu Buhari to them as the saviour, only for Buhari to get there and become even worse than Goodluck; this exactly is what TPS is too now.

Just after you have made the payment for your transcripts request on TPS and they have sent you a mail to confirm that, you most definitely aren’t hearing anything from them anymore. Added to this bad communication like ETX did too is the fact that TPS is even more delaying than ETX now on the transcripts processing; I will below list the reason for this delay, and also mention other things TPS is doing even worse than ETX that if they continue this way, OAU alumni might need to sue the school at some point and have them have to pay millions of money for damages (if the alumni  are willing to fight for their rights and the alumni association is less management-sentimental).

(1). Bad User Experience: One of the first things I have noticed as problematic about tps.oauife.edu.ng is the fact that they limited the user’s chance to edit anything either on their profile or on their order. You would not know how much problem this can cause until one day any of these listed below happen and you become the victim (the flaws I shall be listing below would break your heart about tps.oauife.edu.ng when you realize OAU’s Computer Centre that’s the backbone of the “Leading in ICT” title developed the platform):

(a). if somebody mistakenly use your matric number to create an account on TPS, they can go ahead and create another account with their correct matric number and use another email address, but when you want to create your own account on the web with your matric number you wouldn’t be able to, because somebody you don’t know already created one for you; and you cannot apply for a transcripts on TPS on any other account lest it is the account created with your matric number. You might want to think the chances of somebody mistakenly creating an account with your matric number is slim, which is true, but when you realize how someone with the matric number MAC/2009/171 can mistakenly type MAC/2009/117, or same person who has forgotten that 2009/2010 session in OAU mostly means you resumed school in 2010 but you were admitted in the 2009/2010 session, and then they go ahead to write MAC/2010/171 as their matric number instead of MAC/2009/171. These things are what we see every now and then because we deal with a lot of orders. A simple edit feature on the web could avoid this problem, but no, they have decided not to add this function for reasons known to them only.

(b). if you make a mistake in typing your email address you want to use to create your TPS account or the email address you want the transcripts be delivered to, you have created a big problem; you would either have to quickly create an email address that can fit into the one you have wrongly typed (hopefully the chance to have such email address would still exist for you) or you would have to drag yourself down to the school and start going from offices to offices to have that error corrected for you. This does not make any sense at all; all they need to do to avoid this problem is make it possible for users to edit their information. Even ETX had this function.

(2). Nonchalant Civil Servants: The Transcripts Department is full of people who don’t really know what people stand to lose when their transcripts are not done and done on time, which causes them to do civil servant things on people’s files they are in charge of and paid for to work on, which is also why they abandon any work they encounter any little problem on. Added to these is how after attaching them to TPS or attaching TPS to them, they made it compulsory that any file to be worked on at TPS must be reviewed and vetted by some director (Director of Computer Centre I think). This means without them asking that something be done on a file or a problem an alumnus is facing, nothing can be done. The implication of this is that more days or weeks are added to the red-tape.

(3). The Lack of Communication: You can’t send a message on the TPS platform anymore as they have disabled that function, and when you send a mail to the so called customer care email transcript@oauife.edu.ng, the chances of getting a response is maybe 1/100. This is so bad considering that transcripts request is a service you have paid an over-charged price for, and you deserve to get served accordingly. Just imagine if a bank, Jumia, Konga etc. work as ETX, TPS and the whole of OAU work on transcripts, how much hatred we would dispense on these companies?   

When I learnt that the Computer Centre would be handling TPS, I was looking forward to massive employment of young tech enthusiasts from which departments can be created: those to handle the download of results from anywhere where they have been uploaded, those to go fetch from the papers for the ones not available anywhere online, those to convert all available results to transcripts, and those to be on the rapid response team managing transcript@oauife.edu.ng and other means of communication, as well as some senior staffs that review, approve and send the transcripts. The tech team can comprise of 50 people: 5 people to be on the online results downloading and piling; 20 to be on going to collate from papers results not available online, 20 people to be on the typing of all results to transcripts, and 5 people to be on the customer experience platforms responding to people’s inquiries and problems instantly. The senior staffs team can comprise of 5 people with three or four of them reviewing the transcripts and two or one of them just having to sign and send/dispatch. The Transcripts Department makes enough money per month to be able to cater for 50 young employees (that don’t have to be federal employees; all they would need is one or two supervisors from the senior staffs), and the 5 senior staffs (that have to be the federal employees). OAU used this system to reduce the number of federal employees on the school’s security outfit by giving big parts of the security jobs to private security companies that would be paid lesser than federal employees and not have to expect gratuities and pensions later. They have also used it with the cleaning department and the gardening department too; it works; it enhances efficiency and also reduces costs.



Thursday, 9 September 2021

OAU's 2021/2021 Harmattan Semester Postgraduate Application Open Now [OAU, NAIRALAND, POSTGRADUATE, FORM, APPLICATION, 2021, 2022, REGISTRATION, IFE, PG, PGC, GOOGLE]

OAU 2021/2022 Harmattan Semester Postgraduate Application Open Now

This is to inform everyone waiting for OAU to open the application for the 2021/2022 Session Harmattan Semester Postgraduate form that the form is now open for registration. The application for Masters with thesis (M.Sc.) and Masters without thesis would cost #15,000. The application for Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) would go for #15,000. The application for M.Phil would go for #15,000, and the application for PhD programmes would go for #15,000 too. But the application of Executive and Regular MBA would go for #20,000. Registration closes on October 15th 2021 (prone to extension). You can visit here to see when the application would close and for other details too. If you need any help on completing your registration and submitting your necessary documents to the PG College, or to provide you with lecturers that would reference you, or for any other issue or enquiry you may have, please contact us on +2348139534187 or email.

 



Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Deterioration of the Values of the Nigerian Education

 Deterioration of the Values of the Nigerian Education

The first thing to observe about this generation of Nigerian students is how they would go to private schools all their lives, never drop out of school and never had to stay any one week out of school for financial reasons or sort, and then they would go on to write the matriculation exam only to end up not scoring even up to 200 over 400. You may want to say “but they make excellent grades in the O/Levels naw” to argue against the point I’m trying to make here; but please don’t do that now. We all know that most of the secondary schools malpractice the O/Level exams because the success of their school and how many candidates they would get the following session depends on how good the SSCE results of their current candidates are. This makes the school engage in everything possible to make sure their candidates get a lot of A’s and B’s even when they really do not deserve to get a D in any subject.

Comparing this generation of Nigerian students to any other generation of Nigerian students from the past, you would see the evidences of deterioration in the country’s education. The people who noticed this deterioration earlier on have been calling attentions to it but I guess we’ve been ignoring the facts they give. In fact, it is safe to say now that the previous generations do extremely well in their external exams and academically than this generation. I understand that the schools and the curriculum and the education system as a whole have problems that are making the students of this generation book dumb, but that is not the point I’m trying to make; I’m trying to say the older folks were motivated academically than the students of this generation, which is why even in the 90’s, students would write the matriculation exams and most of them would score almost 300 over 400. This is because with 250 over 400, you most likely would not get admitted to a university. Bear in mind that most of the 60’s and 70’s and even 80’s and 90’s literates went to public schools, but most of the literates of the 2000’s went to private schools, but yet the performances most of these young ones can’t make anyone who knows why they should do better happy.

I have not said that the students of this generation are not smart, they are, but the core of the reasons why they mostly can’t score 200 over 400 in their matriculation exam is because, apart from the fact that these people are not really motivated or challenged academically like their older folks, the smartness of the students of this generation had move from academic to other areas; these people would understand technology products, fashion, arts, etc. and they would be excellent in these areas, but when it comes to academic, they are just there as average students. Here is where the problem I intend to point out comes in; by now, the Nigerian government, the Nigerian education system and stake holders in education should be aware their new products are not doing well compared to other generations from the past, and this is mostly because as the world develops, new inventories and new areas to making a living emerge too, and the students have shifted their interests to these areas too, but the country is yet to even admit that these new situations are where the Nigerian education should start inculcating in what these students learn in school.

The Nigerian education system is still happy to be producing the kinds of SSCE holders the colonial bosses wanted it to produce—people who are good only for clerical works, and people who conform to a certain culture and ideas. The Nigerian education system can rarely produce the extraordinary students in this century. Now instead of fixing the problems, as the students’ performances in UTME for example deteriorate, the government keeps reducing the standard for defining who has passed the exam and deserves to get admitted to a higher institution; 180 over 400 in UTME is now a success compared to the fact that up to the 90’s, if you scored 250 in the matriculation exam, you most definitely wouldn’t get admitted. Meanwhile the solution is supposed to be the redevelopment of our policies on education, our curriculum and our school system. Our education philosophies, goals of the Nigerian education, the kinds of products the state needs the education system to produce need to be reviewed. It is all these that would define what the students learn in school and how they learn them, and also, the kind of exams they write and how they write them. The government and we as a society have to see already that it is not that the students of this generation are not smart or motivated enough to be excellent, but their smartness and motivation aren’t in what their parents and uncles and aunts learned in school.

The people who would come together to define what the Nigerian students should be learning in school should not be just the old professors and academic doctors who are almost illiterates of what works in the new world. The people who make policies on education should not be people who think only about the bad sides of the new massive exposure to information and have blinded themselves from the goodness of this; there must be new bottles for the new wines. In this 21st century, we cannot remain in the education of the 80’s and 90’s and be thinking we are doing well, we would only end up producing literates who only went to school to fulfill the most basic requirements of socialization, and not because they want to use what they have learned to develop themselves or the country, or the world. We can see this is happening already, people only get the school education for decoration now, not because they feel the need they would need it in developing themselves, their country and the world.