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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.




Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Proof of Proficiency in English Language: How Important is it to Your Foreign Admissions and Scholarships Processing [TAGS: NAIRALAND, GOOGLE, OAU, PROOF OF ENGLISH, PROFICIENCY, UI]

 Proof of Proficiency in English Language: How Important is it to Your Foreign Admissions and Scholarships Processing

As most graduates don’t even know what academic transcripts are until they want to further more and theirs is requested for, or their employer asks for it, or when they are trying to travel abroad then their academic transcripts becomes an important document to provide before anything can even begin on their emigration processes; same thing applies to how most alumni don’t even know what a Proof of Proficiency in English Language is until they are required to provide it. This affects foreign admissions and scholarships seekers a lot. There are thousands of people who have been waiting for the foreign admissions and scholarships application season to begin (which begins in the next few weeks), but then the season would come and they would still be found lagging because they were only waiting instead of preparing while waiting. Preparing while waiting involves finding out all the things you would be needing and getting them in readiness for when the race would begin. This write-up is to talk about Proof of Proficiency in English Language as a document needed in such endeavour, its importance to your emigration processes, and how to get one from either of OAU and UI.

Proof of Proficiency in English Language is a document from your school written in your name to you (to be in your possession so you can use it as many times and places you need it) or to an institution for you (for one-time use as this kind is specifically addressed to and delivered by your school to an institution where you need it). In it, your school states that they taught you in English Language, and they state the kind of English Language they taught you in. This document is requested by some English-speaking countries so you wouldn’t need to write the English tests like IELTS and TOEFL. It is also requested by most of the schools and scholarship bodies in the English-speaking countries when you seek admission there; this is so because they would need to know (should you be admitted to their school) teaching you in English Language would not be a problem. Some employers of foreigners request for the document too (depending on the occupation tho), evaluation bodies like WES, IQAS and SAQA ask for the document too. This makes the document almost as important as your transcripts in your emigration processes. In fact, below is an OAU specimen of the said document.

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Now, how do you get your Proof of Proficiency in English Language from OAU or UI? It 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 do online; forms filling, receipts conversion, submission of supporting documents (like copies of your certificate), the bureaucracies causing unnecessary delays before the document is finally ready for collection, and so on. The implication is that you are going to have to go down to your school to get it yourself or have somebody do this waka-about for you. However, we the PEC team, we do this for a price, and we get your Proof of Proficiency in English Language ready to be couriered to your doorstep in just 2 or 3 days. Let’s talk about getting yours too if you haven’t gotten it before. Call us now on +2348139534187.



Wednesday, 25 August 2021

OAU Merging the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 Admission Sessions Together: How Would if Affect the 2021/2022 JAMBITES? [TAGS: NAIRALAND, OAU, ADMISSION, POSTUTME, POST-UTME, DE, POSTJAMB, PAST-JAMB]

OAU Merging the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 Admission Sessions Together: How Would if Affect the 2021/2022 JAMBITES?

The COVID-19 pandemic happened and changed almost everything about education as we used to have it, and it is okay that, instead of continuing waiting for when the pandemic would be over and everything would go back to how they used to be, we as Nigerians are improvising and making things happen for us by all means. Same can be said about our schools, the higher institutions that had lost a whole academic session to the pandemic while the admission session never stopped running had found a way to make sure the academic session meets up with the admission session by cancelling one academic session that had lost most part of it to the pandemic, and by merging the admission session of the cancelled academic session with another admission session so everything would balance. That is, although we do not have the 2020/2021 academic session anymore, but we are marrying the admissions of the 2020/2021 session to the admissions of the 2021/2022 session to make the admission session and the academic session up to date. This is not a new thing for many schools in Nigeria; UI has been there, OAU has been there, UNILORIN has been there, UNIBEN has been there, so it is not a new thing at all. But when it comes to OAU and how they want to process their admissions for the 2021/2022 academic session, what effects would this have on the OAU JAMBITES of 2021/2022.

Everyone knows by now that OAU only want to admit 40% of their NUC yearly quota from the 2021/2022 JAMBITES. This is because 60% of the said quota had already been admitted from the 2020/2021 JAMBITES, so that the admitted candidates from the admission sessions can resume for the 2021/2022 academic session. This is a good thing for the 2020/2021 JAMBITES whose academic session was cancelled as they wouldn’t have to lose their admission just because their academic session was cancelled. But this is not good at all for the JAMBITES who would be hoping for OAU’s admission with the 2021/2022 UTME, pre-varsity and diploma programmes; OAU is only admitting a few of them. Let me put this in a better perspective, let us assume the NUC quota for OAU is 15,000 yearly, the implication of this would be that OAU had already admitted 60% of the 15,000 from the 2020/2021 JAMBITES, and that equals 9,000 admissions offered already, meaning the 2021/2022 admissions would only be offered to 6,000 candidates. That is not even up to half of what OAU usually admit per normal session. This means if 100,000 people took the OAU Post-UTME and 50,000 are eligible for admission, and 20,000 beat the departmental cut-off to qualify them for their department of choice, it would mean only 6,000 of the qualified 20,000 would be admitted. So in a nutshell, the 2021/2022 admission would not be about who has the cut-off, it would also be able who knows who.

What would also make the 2021/2022 admission process extremely difficult is the fact that OAU would want to consider all their qualified pre-degree and JUPEB students first, and this number alone often take up to 3,000. The remaining would be for UTME and DE (from other schools). How would 3,000 admissions cover any good portion of the number of people that had already applied to OAU in the 2021/2022 UTME and DE screening and they currently haven’t gotten the information that OAU is only admitting just about 6,000 from the large number? We can only hope OAU doesn’t delay their admission processes this year, so that the ones that are not admitted would know their fates early and quickly opt for change of institution before other schools close their screening. Let’s also be prepared for the war, because that is what OAU admission is going to be this year… a war.



Wednesday, 18 August 2021

How Better is TPS Doing Than ETX in Handling OAU’s Transcripts Services? [OAU, TRANSCRIPTS, NAIRALAND, GOOGLE, WES, IQAS, VERIFICATION]

How Better is TPS Doing Than ETX in Handling OAU’s Transcripts Services?

It’s been a few weeks since TPS has been in charge of OAU’s transcripts services, and it’s been quite a thing to write about. We wrote about ETX to tell where they were lagging, we wrote about ETX to tell where they were acing it, and we shall continuing doing same with TPS too to always appreciate what they are doing to get better with delivering alumni transcripts and what they are doing badly. Reason for this is because there is a standard that transcripts delivery of a school as OAU should meet and in fact can meet, and not until this standard is achieved we cannot see any transcripts service as efficient. I mean, who says transcripts delivery cannot be possible within 24 hours if it is electronics, within 3 days if it is courier and within Nigeria, and within 3 weeks if it is courier and outside of the country? Who says we can’t have this level of efficiency in OAU? Of course we can, but the problem is how OAU is still very paper-centric even in this 21st century that everything is electronics.

The paper orientation OAU has is why most results of the alumni from ages when results were pasted on walls are still in just papers at the Exams and Records, and the results of the alumni of the ages of eportal that are on electronic database are never complete on the database because every new database they introduce keeps crashing almost every four years. I reiterate, that OAU is yet to transfer the old results that were on papers to electronics and that they are yet to have a dependable database to accommodate all the old results and the new results are two of the major reasons why people don’t get their transcripts when they need them, it is also why ETX couldn’t do their function well as a company previously in charge of the transcripts service for 5 or 6 years there. Although ETX had their own incompetence too, coupled with the negligence of the OAU staffs at the Transcripts Department that are put in charge of the files and all, but scattered and lost results are majorly why ETX couldn’t work. It is also why TPS started like they were about to make a change, but in just about 6 weeks, TPS is functioning like ETX too. We can’t expect anything to get better if we do things the same way. We can change from ETX to TPS or to USB or to TSD… whatever, if OAU remains how they’ve been, transcripts services would remain the same.

To not criticize TPS without talking about what they do better, I’d say their service for the first four weeks after they took over was awesome; in fact all the transcripts I applied for where delivered in lesser than two weeks. This was a thing we were all happy about until they became another ETX. Now we have people whose transcripts order has been hanging at “Payment Received” for several weeks (a typical ETX behaviour). Also, TPS stopped replying mails sent to them too or they would send a generic message to people (another ETX behaviour). We can only hope it doesn’t get worse. 


 

Wednesday, 4 August 2021

OAU JUPEB and Pre-Degree Entrance Registration for 2021/2022 Admission on Now [TAGS: NAIRALAND, GOOGLE, OAU, ADMISSION, UTME, PREDEGREE, JUPEB, FORM, IFE]

OAU JUPEB and Pre-Degree Entrance Registration for 2021/2022 Admission on Now

For admission seekers with their 5 credit passes in their O/Levels and are interested in undertaking a pre-university programme to be admitted to 100 Level (with the combination of their O/Level, Pre-Degree and 2021/2022 UTME results) or to be admitted to 200 Level (with the combination of their O/Level and JUPEB results, and DE application), this is to inform you that OAU has opened their portal for the application for the two programmes which at completion would qualify you for admission considerations. You can apply for the Pre-Degree programme here and the JUPEB programme here. If you have issues on deciding which one of Pre-Degree and JUPEB you want to choose, read this article to get more information on the two programmes. If there is any other thing you need to know about this, you can call +23408139534187; we are happy to be of help.





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.