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Monday, 23 January 2023

UI and OAU Proof of English Proficiency (Certificate of Medium of Instruction) Processed in Three Days [TAGS: UI, OAU, NAIRALAND, PROOF OF ENGLISH, MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION]

UI and OAU Proof of English Proficiency (Certificate of Medium of Instruction) Processed in Three Days

Here is the funny thing about needing a Proof of English Proficiency (POEP) also known as Certificate of Medium of Instruction (CMOI), you often find yourself needing it in a matter of days; it’s only on rare cases you have the opportunity to wait before really needing it. The reasons for this is because when a travel aspirant—especially the first timers who don’t know much about getting the needed documents ready—hears about applying for admission as international student and they want to jump on it, this is when they learn they need a POEP/CMOI, then they start running around to see who can help them process it and get it delivered in a matter of days so they can meet up with the deadline on admission they are applying for. But unfortunately, when it comes to OAU and UI, as much as I know, processing these documents without manipulating the system somehow can take several weeks if not months to get delivered. These schools claim they deliver in one week if you apply for it on their website and as cheap as #1,000-#1,500 for UI and #5,000 for OAU, but if you fall for this it means you are yet to know your school despite your years of studying there.

I can’t speak for other agents on how much they collect to process a POEP/CMOI but I can speak for Pathfinders Edu Consultancy that these documents are processed for #13,500 for undergraduate POEP and #18,500 for postgraduate POEP and the document will be ready between 7 and 14 working days (this is our regular processing). But in the case of people who need it in a matter of 2 to 3 days, yes we can get this done too, but this would mean we are inviting more people to work on your document and we are spending more money on it than usual, hence your own charge would be #18,500 for undergraduate POEP and #23,500 for postgraduate POEP, and this document will be ready in 2 or 3 days. We call this the “Ultrafast” processing. So if this is what you want, when you talk to us about processing your Proof of English for you, just mention that you want the Ultrafast processing and your POEP would get delivered to you as produced by your school and as soon as 3 days latest. The idea is, money can save or buy you time if you are willing to pay the price.






Thursday, 19 January 2023

Consequences of Non-genuine Recommendation Letter

 Consequences of Non-genuine Recommendation Letter

Maybe it is their travel agents ill-advising them or they do this on their own terms, but seeing that some travel aspirants go ahead forging some academic documents makes me feel like they think the people requesting for such document don’t think some people may want to play smart with them and they have laid down systems to help them figure out those people trying to play smart. Because if not so, how would somebody send a forged recommendation letter to a school abroad without thinking the school would find out somehow?

A school considering you for a graduate admission asks you to provide a referee from your first degree school, you went ahead putting just any staff from your school or from another school, your application is most definitely getting rejected! Why can’t you find a lecturer who taught you before? Most preferably your project supervisor or another lecturer from your department. If you can’t get any of these or in the case when you need multiple referees and you have already gotten some from your department, then you can  use someone from outside of your department who you can create the impression they have tutored you before or you have worked with them academically.

The funniest set of travel aspirants are the ones who collect reference letter from a lecturer and go ahead editing it for multiple use without the consent of the lecturer whose name and contacts are on the letter, like how could you not know the school you are sending the letter to would still contact the lecturer to ask for verification? I understand the process of getting a lecturer to recommend you is a very frustrating one as our Nigerian lecturers tend to act like gods when they are needed for these things, but it’s better for you to give it all you could and get the genuine recommendation that you need than getting a weak or fake one that would end up running all the efforts you have made on your international admission.



Monday, 9 January 2023

First Generation Nigerian Universities and their Lags in Transcript Production

First Generation Nigerian Universities and their Lags in Transcript Production

I have constantly heard testimonies from the alumni of some second and third generation schools in Nigeria about how their transcripts got delivered in less than 4 days—which is almost what transcript delivery should be like if our schools know what they are doing. Considering that the schools are aware that sooner or later, a student or an alumnus would need their transcript eventually, this should make the school take better care of the students’ results and also keep developing the processes involved in producing a transcript. It is shameful that most schools in Nigeria still produce such thing as a transcript depending on paper records, thereby making them need more resources—resources that are never available as needed.  For schools like OAU and UI that only started storing their results electronically and are still really struggling with producing transcript directly from these electronic databases, it makes it even more difficult realizing that these schools don’t have enough staff to make the production of transcripts easier, and half the staff they do have don’t like to do what they are employed to do.

If you are one of the lesser than 1% of alumni of these two schools who request for their transcripts and got it under two weeks without even involving any agent in the process, you would not understand what the ones who have to wait for months or even years are going through; some people’s case get so awful that even when they involve agents, their transcript would still not be delivered as when needed, and these can be blamed first on the lagging behind of the schools in ICT, then second on the government for not employing more human resources or monitoring the ones employed.  The fact that the last 3 years in Nigeria make the Transcripts Department of most schools (especially the first generation schools) better at revenue-generating, it should mean that more funds are returned to the department to keep the business growing to match up with its demands.

OAU and UI would receive at least the average of 100 transcript orders per day, this is a lot of gross profit considering the fact that these services are totally overcharged. In OAU for instance, an alumnus would pay approximately #10,500 to have their own transcript sent to their email. This would mean they should get good service worth the exploitative bill they have paid for such primary service. I used to think the reason why these schools have problems with producing transcripts fast is because they don’t have most of their results on an electronic database they can produce transcript from, but experiencing that people who graduated even in 2020 are going through the same hardship to get their transcript just as people who graduated in 2000 backwards are, this just invalidates the excuse that lack of database is the reason why transcripts are difficult to produce, databases are already well used in 2020. The primary problem is that these first generation schools move slowly towards getting digitalized, transcript production can get faster lest everything is totally digital.





Friday, 6 January 2023

The Kind of Recommendation or Reference Letter you May Need from your School

The Kind of Recommendation or Reference Letter you May Need from your School

Almost everyone trying to emigrate to the European countries and the Americas via admission often gets to need some sort of referencing or recommendation from their school; this is usually some sort of letter from some lecturers in your department or other departments. It may be one, two or three of them, but the idea is that these recommenders should be able to tell one or two things about your academic endeavours and your personal interests and attitudes, but unfortunately, this is where most people get it wrong, they just want anyone to do this for them.

I am aware how difficult it is to get those lecturers to reference you, as most of them just wait for when you need things like this for them to be vicious and stress you out or totally ignore you. But despite all these, when you eventually find someone to do this recommendation for you, you need to guide them on what exactly you need from them; don’t get recommended and the recommendation is irritating because it was lazily done. If possible, find a specimen of good recommendation letter and have your person use that as guideline defining what you want from them. I have seen a couple of recommendation letters and I knew within me I wouldn’t rate high such recommendation because they show obviously the recommenders don’t really know the person they are recommending.

I need to explain to those who may not know that recommendation letters come in different forms, some are papers (popular before the COVID-19 lockdown), some are electronics (became more popular during the COVID-19 lockdown). So if your aspired school is asking you for a recommendation letter, it’s most likely to be electronic they are requesting for; this would mean that you would insert your recommenders’ details in your application form and your aspired school would send a request to them after you have submitted the form. The recommender would respond to the request and that’s it. This happens to be easier than the paper one. If we are helping you get the letter this makes things easy for us; lecturers are not reluctant to do this, but they are usually reluctant to do a paper recommendation letter. So while applying, if you have the option to choose between electronic and paper recommendation, please choose the electronic one.





Wednesday, 4 January 2023

Old Graduates of OAU and UI Collecting their Certificates and Transcripts: The Rigour and Ways Out

Old Graduates of OAU and UI Collecting their Certificates and Transcripts: The Rigour and Ways Out

It would be wrong for any old alumnus of OAU and UI (or any other Nigerian school for that matter) to think that they would appear some decades after graduating to request for their transcript or/and certificate from their school and it would be easily provided to them like it’s not been decades since their documents have been passive; even alumni who graduated only about five years ago are having the problems of lost file, missing results, incomplete results and so on, not to talk of people who graduated in the 60’s, 70’s. 80’s, 90’s and even the early 2000’s. Even if nothing has happened to documents from these years, no staff wants to be the one to start looking for these documents here and there. Hence, when you apply for your document online as an alumnus from the old years, don’t expect that your application would not be abandoned. If you are an alumnus from the old years and you have applied for your document online for a while now and you are yet to receive it or see any progress on it, just know that it’s most probably abandoned.

The reason for abandonment of application to process documents of alumni from the old years can range from the fear that they would not be able to produce the document or the reality that they are not able to produce the document because something they need to be able to do so is missing. The schools are to be blamed for his bad recording and retrieval system, but then, if we asked you to provide your secondary documents you have with you which would be needed to make producing your primary documents easier, you most probably don’t have them anymore; you most probably can’t remember your matric number, you most probably don’t have your ID card anymore, you most probably don’t have any document approving your leave of absence or transfer to another department, you most probably didn’t do your clearance after graduating. So we can’t blame the schools alone, you waited for too long to need your documents from your school.

If you have been on the internet looking for answers to why your school is yet to deliver your document or may not be able to deliver it lest something is done, this is your answer. Now, what do you have to do to be able to get your document from your school if your year of graduation is up to a decade ago? I have published a write-up that is able to address cases just like yours and how you can solve the issues your document collection from your school is having or may have, read it here, follow the advice and be patient with the process. All the best.




Friday, 23 December 2022

We Can Help you Get a Reference Letter from OAU Lecturers [TAGS: OAU, REFERENCE, REFEREE, LECTURER]

We Can Help you Get a Reference Letter from OAU Lecturers

If you are trying to gain admission abroad (or in rare cases locally) and you need one or three lecturers from your school to reference you, you would know this is one of the hardest things to get done even when it’s as simple as the referee just responding to a mail sent to them by the requesting institution; more like lecturers always wait for this to punish old students for not creating a good relationship with them while they were in school or after they have left school. So if you are reading this and you have a younger one in school or just leaving school, advise them to keep in touch with their lecturers—especially their project supervisor, they would need these lecturers sooner or later. That’s just by the way, the point here is that we have some departments in OAU we can help you get your reference letter from. Give us a call on +2348139534187 or info@pec-ng.com.



Wednesday, 21 December 2022

OAU MBA Executive Graduates: Solution to the Huddles of Collecting their Certificates and Transcripts from the School [TAGS: OAU, MBA, PG, PGC, POSTGRADUATE COLLEGE, NAIRALAND, CERTIFICATE, TRANSCRIPT, COLLECTION, CLEARANCE]

OAU MBA Executive Graduates: Solution to the Huddles of Collecting their Certificates and Transcripts from the School

In OAU, executive programmes are at least 95% online, this means from the stage of applying for the programme to the stage of finishing the programme, the student might not need to go to the campus more than a couple of times. Besides most of the students in this demography are working class who wouldn’t have the time to leave work so they can be on OAU campus to do anything—which is why the online programmes were good for them in the first place. After finishing their programme, it is expected that this demography of people would have gotten even busier that they would not be able to come for their certificate and transcript, hence, the need for a third-party they can have on ground to do the needful for them. A lot of these people don’t even get to do their clearance after finishing their programme, and this is because up until the COVID-19 pandemic, the clearance just had to be done physically, the online version of it was just introduced in 2021 (which still doesn’t solve the problem for people who finished their programme before it was introduced).

It’s important to mention that if you finished your programme and didn’t do your clearance before leaving, OAU PG does a funny thing, they keep your NetQue page accumulating bills for you. This means if you come 5 years after you finished your programme, you are going to have to pay an accumulated bill; sometimes Access Cards accumulated to around 50, with each costing #1,500 or thereabouts. Imagine having to pay some #50,000 to #100,000 for accumulated Access Cards just because you want to do your clearance some years after you finished your programme. This is why a lot of people who did the OAU MBA Executive and a lot of PG students of other programmes just totally abandon the clearance unless they absolutely need it, this doesn’t make certificate and transcript collection any easier.

Where Pathfinders Edu Consultancy comes in is to help you do your clearance and collect your certificate and transcript from OAU with no stress from you. Based on our understanding that you are most probably busy and may not get to go to OAU campus to do these things, we make everything easy for you; we put all resources together and have your documents couriered to you easily. So no need to abandon your clearance and have NetQue continue accumulating bills for you, no need to abandon your certificate and your transcript with OAU—you would need them sooner or later. Give us a talk on +2348139534187 or info@pec-ng.com.




Tuesday, 20 December 2022

Postgraduate (Executive Programmes) Transcripts Request Forms

 Postgraduate (Executive Programmes) Transcripts Request Forms

There are four forms listed below, please find the number that describes your transcript order and click on it (you may cause misinformation if you fill the wrong form).

1. If your transcript is to be delivered to a local receiver via electronic mode, please click here and fill the form.

2. If your transcript is to be delivered to a local receiver via paper mode, please click here and fill the form.

3. If your transcript is to be delivered to a foreign receiver via electronic mode, please click here and fill the form.

4. If your transcript is to be delivered to a foreign receiver via paper mode, please click here and fill the form.




Postgraduate (Regular Programmes) Transcripts Request Forms

Postgraduate (Regular Programmes) Transcripts Request Forms

There are four forms listed below, please find the number that describes your transcript order and click on it (you may cause misinformation if you fill the wrong form).

1. If your transcript is to be delivered to a local receiver via electronic mode, please click here and fill the form.

2. If your transcript is to be delivered to a local receiver via paper mode, please click here and fill the form.

3. If your transcript is to be delivered to a foreign receiver via electronic mode, please click here and fill the form.

4. If your transcript is to be delivered to a foreign receiver via paper mode, please click here and fill the form.



For OAU and UI Postgraduate Degree Certificate Collection

 For OAU and UI Postgraduate Degree Certificate Collection

It is important you know that:

Certificate collection processes and the payment for it are totally based on your year of graduation; if you don’t have your year of graduation we can’t work on collecting your certificate for you.

Your year of graduation is not necessarily the year you left the school; the year your results were approved by the Senate of your school is your year of graduation. So your year of graduation is the “Date of Senate Approval” or “Date of Approval” written on your Statement of Results.

Year of graduation is what’s used to determine the form you are to fill for the collection of your certificate, please be sure you know your correct year of graduation (as stated on your Statement of Results) and you fill the form designed for your year of graduation. Filling the wrong form could cause misinformation.

Please fill one of the forms listed below:

1. Click here and fill the form if your year of graduation is from 2020 to date.

2. Click here and fill the form if your year of graduation is from 2015 to 2019.

3. Click here and fill the form if your year of graduation is from 2014 backwards.



Thursday, 15 December 2022

The Danger of Having a High Aggregate Score in OAU’s Post-UTME and not Getting Admitted [TAGS: OAU, NAIRALAND, ADMISSION, ADMISSION LIST, FIRST LIST, POSTUTME, POST JAMB, SECOND LIST, THIRD LIST, VC LIST, MERIT LIST, SUPLEMENTRY LIST]

The Danger of Having a High Aggregate Score in OAU’s Post-UTME and not Getting Admitted

Like many other highly competitive schools in Nigeria, OAU’s model for admissions changes every now and then to level up with events, so it’s okay to say OAU does not have a fixed system for determining who gets admitted and who doesn’t. Don’t get me wrong, the Post-UTME system of screening out thousands of applicants is a constant thing and it has proven itself effective over the years, so this is not what I’m talking about when I say OAU does not have a fixed system for determining who gets admitted and who doesn’t; what I mean is that after the Post-UTME has screened out thousands of applicants who couldn’t score the required average mark in the Post-UTME aggregate score to make them earn the “Eligible for Admission” comment, there are still thousands of candidates remaining who would still have to struggle to earn one admission from the mere 10,000 to 15,000 admission spots available in the school every admission session.

To put things in better perspectives, just assume over 100,000 candidates apply for OAU’s post-UTME, about half of them get the “Eligible for Admission” score and only about 15,000 of these eligible-for-admission applicants would be admitted eventually. Now for those who don’t know, this is when it should get clearer to you that having the “Eligible for Admission” doesn’t necessarily mean you have been admitted or will definitely be admitted, it only means you have passed another stage of the screening process. However, the good side of having the “Eligible for Admission” is that even if you don’t pass the next stage of screening—the departmental cut-off screening stage, with some long legs and other resources put in proper places, you may still be squeezed into one department somehow, meanwhile a person with “Not Eligible for Admission” cannot be considered for anything at all no matter how long their legs are. Now, this is where my position that OAU doesn’t have a fixed system for determining who gets admitted and who doesn’t comes in—the departmental cut-off causes a lot of imbalances and inconsistencies in the admission models adopted per admission session, and these create a good number of unfair situations for applicants.

A person who chooses Medicine and Surgery in their UTME and scores the aggregate score of 75% in the Post-UTME screening might end up not getting admitted at all if the cut-off of this department is above 75% while another person who scored 52% for an aggregate score would easily get admitted to other departments with lower cut-off; it just doesn’t look right that a person with 52% score gets admitted while a person with 75% score would have to go try again next year. I want to believe OAU knows that a person who is able to score as high as 75% in their Post-UTME screening has the good potential of performing well in the university, I know this because the school practises a good level of sentiments for OAU students in Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy and so on who are failing woefully in these departments, OAU doesn’t make these students have to drop out of school, they make sure they are able to easily transfer to other departments because the worst students in these departments would shine if they are taken to another department; a student getting 40/100 in Medicine and Surgery would definitely get 60/100 if  transferred to Economics. So by this, I know OAU is aware high aggregate score promises that the candidate would do well in school, so it is not okay that OAU lets these applicants have to go and try again next year or change their institution to another school.

I am suggesting that OAU sets a certain score line for automatic consideration for another department relating to your initial department should you not have the score that meets the initial department’s cut-off; like if an applicant who chose Medicine and Surgery has an aggregate score of 75% but the cut-off of Medicine and Surgery ends up being 85%, this means this applicant cannot get Medicine and Surgery, but they should automatically be offered admission to a relating department, it is then left to them to accept or reject the offer. No high-scoring applicant should be left stranded after looking forward for months believing their high score would get them something. The OAU’s admission board needs to look into these things.   





Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Certificate Collection in OAU and UI Made Easy for People Far Away [TAGS: NAIRALAND, OAU, UI, CERTIFICATE, CERTIFICATE COLLECTION, CLEARANCE, MBA, PG, UNDERGRADUATE]

 Certificate Collection in OAU and UI Made Easy for People Far Away

The fact that OAU and UI don’t have their certificates ready for their graduands until after one or two years they graduated births the possibility that most alumni would not be around at all to collect their certificates when they are ready for collection; unless the alumna has no progress in their life for the one or two years; no one expects a person to graduate and not have gotten busy with life or gone far away after one or two years. The chances of not having the chance to go collect their certificates from their schools or being far away from the school get even higher when it comes to people who did postgraduate programmes like MBA, M.Sc./M.A., PhD.; these are mature people who will definitely not be able to make it down to their school to collect their certificates, this poses a problem for a lot of people needing their certificates.

Because Pathfinders Edu Consultancy (PEC) is in the business of making things easier, we have built a system of helping alumni of OAU and UI clear and collect their certificate to send it to their doorstep via courier or any other safe means of transporting it to them. So if you have been looking for how to easily get your certificate from either of OAU and UI without having to stress on anything, then PEC is here to do just that for you, just go ahead and fill the appropriate form for the programme you did and your year of graduation, make the payment stated for you and your certificate would be ready for courier in no time.

Click here if you are collecting a first degree certificate.

Click here if you are collecting a postgraduate certificate.




For OAU and UI Postgraduate Degree Certificate Collection

For OAU and UI Postgraduate Degree Certificate Collection

For postgraduate programmes, certificate collection processes and the payment for it are totally based on  the programme you did and your year of graduation; if you don’t have your year of graduation we can’t work on collecting your certificate for you.

Your year of graduation is not necessarily the year you finished the programme; the year your results were approved by the Senate of your school is your year of graduation. So your year of graduation is the “Date of Senate Approval” or “Date of Approval” written on your Statement of Results.

Year of graduation is what we use to determine the form you are to fill for the collection of your certificate, please be sure you know your correct year of graduation (as stated on your Statement of Results) and you fill the form designed for your year of graduation. Filling the wrong form could cause misinformation.

Please fill one of the forms listed below: 

1. Click here if your year of graduation (as written on your Statement of Results/To Whom) is from 2020 to date.

2. Click here if your year of graduation (as written on your Statement of Results) is from 2015 to 2019.

3. Click here if your year of graduation (as written on your Statement of Results) is from 2014 backwards.

 



 

 

 

Tuesday, 22 November 2022

Why Most OAU Transcripts Don’t Get Sent Ever or Get Sent But Several Months After Applying [TAGS: NAIRALAND, OAU, TRANSCRIPT, TPS]

 Why Most OAU Transcripts Don’t Get Sent Ever or Get Sent But Several Months After Applying

To save your time (in case you wouldn’t need this write-up), let me list out the aspects of OAU transcript problems I want to discuss here so you know if this write-up would be of help to you in any way or not.

1. I will talk about why people who graduated a long time ago may never get their transcripts or get it but almost a year or after a year that they applied for it; long time ago being 2015 backwards.

2. I will talk about why people who graduated from any department in Health Sciences and Faculty of Pharmacy in OAU may never get their transcript if they make the application online and keep waiting without doing any physical thing on it.

3. I will talk about why people who transferred between departments, people who took a leave of absence, people who had extra year/semester, and people who didn’t graduate may never get their transcripts from OAU.

4. If you have applied for your transcript for close to one year but the tracker on your dashboard is still stuck at “Payment Received”, I will talk about what your case could be too.

5. I will discuss the workable solution to 1, 2, 3, and 4 above.

This write-up may however be an eye opener to you if your case is not listed among 1, 2, 3 and 4 above but you graduated from other schools like OAU but your transcript application is not showing any sign someone is doing something on it to get it delivered.

At Pathfinders Edu Consultancy (PEC), the experiences we have garnered from processing transcripts for people in OAU, UI, UNILAG, AAU, AAUA, UNIBEN, POLYIBADAN and the likes of these schools from 2017 till now have made us realize there are some transcript jobs that are naturally problematic, and their problems, even if solvable at all, would take forever to solve than most clients can be patient for and also cost too much money usually than the token collected from clients to do a job like this for them. Also, we have learned that owners of these problematic jobs have no idea at all their own transcript case is different, so they keep saying things like: “but my friends are getting their own transcripts naw”, and stuff like that that would make you feel like your efforts to get the problem on their job solved is not understood at all. So for these reasons, we have been wise enough to divide transcript jobs into two: CLASS A and CLASS B. If your case falls on any of 1, 2, 3 and 4 above, you fall on our CLASS B, we are not taking jobs like yours anymore, the best help we can offer you is explain what you’d need to do to you and connect you to some people who may be of help. Below is detailed discussion on numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 cases listed above (our CLASS B jobs).

1.  If you graduated from OAU anytime from 2015 backwards, just remove the idea of “I need my transcript urgently” from your mind, it’s never coming anytime soon if it’s coming at all. Between 2010 and 2020, OAU’s results database has crashed at least five times, although they introduce new databases after every crash, but people’s results get lost along the line. So the longer ago it is that you graduated, the most likely your results are not on the current database in use or not completely on it. If you graduated in the early 2000’s, in the 90’s, 80’s and 70’s, your results are definitely on papers only, and a lot of these papers have been lost or misplaced during use to get other people’s results or during porting from one office to another. Transcript production is impossible if your results can’t be found or no one is even trying to look for them.

2. If you graduated from any department in Health Sciences in OAU or Pharmacy, your case is close to number 1 above, only that you still have more hope of getting your transcript, it may only take years if no one is running the errands for you. Reason for this is because Health Sciences and Pharmacy for some reasons don’t deliver their individual results to the Exams and Records they just send the number of graduating students and what they are graduating with (this is not a fact, but if it’s wrong the fact cannot be too far away from it). Health Sciences and Pharmacy for some reasons hold on to their own results, and they try to make sure every student in their departments get a piece of their results signed by their HOD before graduating, so they can use it when they need to process their transcripts. So for this, when you graduate and apply for your transcript online for the school’s Transcript Department to produce, they have no results they would use to produce a transcript for you. Normally, someone from the Transcript Department was supposed to visit your Faculty/College and go process your results from there and get them to the Transcripts Department for the production of your transcript to begin proper, but no OAU staff has that time for such visit. So even if someone is going to get up and go do this for you at your Faculty/College, just know it wouldn’t be that fast, this is why it may take forever before your transcript is delivered.

3. If you transferred between departments, forget it, your results can’t be generated on the new database; someone would have to go to your department to collate your results from papers, and no OAU staff wants to do this. So stop wondering why you have applied for your transcript since 19BC but it’s still at “Payment Received”. If you took a Leave of Absence, even if your results are found and collated and your transcripts produced, it would still get stuck at the level of approval because the office to approve it would want to see the letter that approved the Leave of Absence you took, and most student don’t remember to take this letter to the Exams and Records for them to keep it in their file after they have gotten the approval for the leave, they just give it to their department (that would not keep it) or hold on to it themselves and lose it. If you had extra year/semester, you most probably failed multiple courses while you’re in school, so your results are scattered everywhere around different sessions that’s not yours normally; OAU staff don’t have the time to be fetching for scattered results like that. If you didn’t complete your programme before leaving OAU, most OAU staff have no idea even 100 Level students have the right to get their transcripts if they need it, they mostly believe only people who have graduated can get a transcript. So if you have already applied for your transcript online just assume someone saw your application and abandoned it because you didn’t graduate and they don’t know you still have the right to your transcripts on the levels you completed.

4. If you have applied for your transcripts online, it’s been close to one year since you applied and the tracker is still stuck at “Payment Received”, 99.99% are the chances your results are not on the database and no staff is trying to go help you get them from papers at your department. A transcript cannot be produced for you lest this is done!

Problems have been discussed, you now have a better understanding why your transcript is taking forever or may never be delivered, but what are the ways out? There are not many ways out, but the one I know is a promising one if you could find people that would be on ground to do some office-to-office tipping and begging for your transcript to be produced, and this process would cost that person time, money, physical and mental stress (so mind what you say to them when things aren’t going as you assume it should). We used to be the people doing these office-to-office wahala for people, but we have found out this thing is not healthy for this business nor for any member of our team, the clients of these jobs don’t help matters either; they add their own pressures and insults because they don’t understand what we are on ground doing for them so we stopped taking jobs like this. But my advice to you if you have one or more case among the numbers 1 to 4 problems discussed, just find somebody who is willing to climb mountains and swim oceans for you, lest you would wait for OAU staff forever or in vain. When you find someone to help you, here are the things you would need them to do for you in stages.

Stages to Solving OAU’s Transcript Problems

Stage 1: Online application would be made on tps.oauife.edu.ng; amount to pay for this application would vary depending on the destination of the transcript and the mode of delivery. For an electronic or paper transcript to be delivered to the owner in Nigeria (student copy), the amount to pay online is approximately #10,500 (bank charges added). Electronic transcript to be delivered abroad is approximately #18,500, while paper transcript going abroad is approximately #25,500.

Stage 2: The application would be printed out and used to collect a Request for Results (RFR) from the Transcript Department; this RFR would be drafted by the officer in charge of your faculty and it must be signed by the Principal Assistant Registrar (PAR) of Transcript Department. If you transferred between departments, you are collecting a RFR for every department you went to. If you graduated from any department in College of Health Sciences, Medicine and Surgery for instance, you are collecting a RFR for as many departments as Basic Med., Community Health, Mental Health, Med. and Surg.

Stage 3: The RFR would be taken to the department(s) for them to collate your results and have the document signed by the HOD(s) (most departments collect a levee for this, averagely #3,000 per department you submit the RFR to). Normally the HOD is the person to be in charge of this, but no HOD has the time to start digging for results up and down, so they assign this work to a junior staff who would also never want to do it; one must be willing to tip this person to charge them to work (budget #3,000 to #5,000 or a lot of begging for this).

Stage 4: When the results are collated and the document signed by the HOD, take it to the Transcript Department for proper transcript production to begin. Offices and persons that would be involved from here: Officer in charge of your Faculty (to keep moving the file from one office to another), typist (to type the transcript), the proofreader (who proofreads transcripts), the PAR (who would approve the transcript), and the dispatch officer. Budget a lot of tipping and begging for most of these offices and persons.

These stages are just four and I have explained them in a way that makes them look simple, but don’t make the mistake of thinking this would not take several months and cost lots of money and cause lots of physical and mental stress. I wish you the best of luck as you look for your runsman who can do this for you.



 

Monday, 21 November 2022

For Verification of Postgraduate Transcripts/Certificate (Certified True Copy)

For Verification of Postgraduate Transcripts/Certificate (Certified True Copy)

For verification of postgraduate transcripts/certificate (certified true copy), please fill this form. Send your receipt to info@pec-ng.com after making the payment.



Monday, 14 November 2022

For Postgraduate Proof of Proficiency in English Language (Medium of Instruction)

For postgraduate Proof of Proficiency in English Language (Medium of Instruction), please fill this form. Send your receipt to info@pec-ng.com after making the payment.




Sunday, 13 November 2022

For OAU and UI First Degree Certificate Collection

For OAU and UI First Degree Certificate Collection

It is important you know that:

Certificate collection processes and the payment for it are totally based on your year of graduation; if you don’t have your year of graduation we can’t work on collecting your certificate for you.

Your year of graduation is not necessarily the year you left school or the year you wrote your final exams; the year your results were approved by the Senate of your school is your year of graduation. So your year of graduation is the “Date of Senate Approval” or “Date of Approval” written on your Statement of Results.

Year of graduation is what’s used to determine the form you are to fill for the collection of your certificate, please be sure you know your correct year of graduation (as stated on your Statement of Results) and you fill the form designed for your year of graduation. Filling the wrong form could cause misinformation.

Please fill one of the forms listed below:  

1. Click here if your year of graduation (as written on your Statement of Results/To Whom) is from 2020 to date.

2. Click here if your year of graduation (as written on your Statement of Results) is from 2015 to 2019.

3. Click here if your year of graduation (as written on your Statement of Results) is from 2014 backwards.



Monday, 7 November 2022

Undergraduate Transcripts Request Forms

Undergraduate Transcripts Request Forms

Please pay attention to the information below before filling any of our transcript request forms!

Based on our experiences on transcript processing in different schools and different departments, we have classified the transcript processing jobs into two. Please find the class you belong below.




Information for Class A

If your case falls under Class A, we would gladly take your transcript processing job and do all our possible best to help you have the transcript delivered as soon as possible. There are three forms listed below, please find the number that describes your transcript order and click on it (you may cause misinformation if you fill the wrong form).

1. Click here if your transcript is to be delivered within Nigeria by courier or electronic means.

2. Click here if your transcript is to be delivered abroad by electronic means.

3. Click here if your transcript is to be delivered abroad by courier.



Monday, 31 October 2022

For Undergraduate Proof of Proficiency in English Language (Medium of Instruction)

For undergraduate Proof of Proficiency in English Language (Medium of Instruction), please fill this form. Send your receipt to info@pec-ng.com after making the payment.




For Verification of Undergraduate Transcripts/Certificate (Certified True Copy)

For Verification of Undergraduate Transcripts/Certificate (Certified True Copy)

For verification of undergraduate transcripts/certificate (certified true copy), please fill this form. Send your receipt to info@pec-ng.com after making the payment.



Monday, 25 July 2022

JAMB Admission Sessions Running While Schools’ Academic Sessions are Stuck

 JAMB Admission Sessions Running While Schools’ Academic Sessions are Stuck

Although it has always had to be like this but it’s high time it became shameful that our admission matriculation board and most of our schools are not running on the same calendar. It has always been like that and we seem to have gotten used to JAMB running far ahead with their calendar while the schools are far behind. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we had an excuse to justify that JAMB can be running on a calendar that is one or two sessions ahead of the calendars the schools are running, but now that the pandemic is not a pandemic anymore and things have been going how they should go with no excuse to stay stuck for a very long time like we were stuck during the pandemic, one would think schools should as well get on the running too already, but unfortunately, with JAMB recently giving the deadline for their 2022/2023 admissions and stating when the 2023/2024 admission session is likely to start, while most of the schools are still in their 2020/2021 session with no strong hope of even finishing this session in the year 2022. This is a shameful thing about our education system that must be paid attention.

 I can tell a story of how no one was attending any private primary or secondary school in the early 90’s because there was nothing that was going to make anyone think the few private schools around would have anything to offer. Then the long NLC strike around the mid-90’s struck and made a lot of people had to take their kids to the private schools to keep them busy, which was when parents discovered that the private schools are better than the public schools. Hence, that marks the beginning of the public schools going extinct. Fast forward to 2022, even the children of the poor would go to private schools and rather wear torn uniforms and owe school fees and be sent out of classes every day than go to a public school; the public schools have been left for the children of the extremely poor families. I told this story so we can relate it to what is going to happen to the federal universities in few years’ time. I say this because when the private universities were coming in, no one wanted to take their children there, and this is not just because they couldn’t afford it, but also because everyone thought no private university would have enough resources to be able to deliver what the federal universities are delivering. Fast forward to 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 when strikes and disrupted calendars are the normal things with federal schools now and private schools are becoming far equipped even than the federal schools, parents are now preferring private schools to federal schools—even when they always have to take up loans to be able to afford it. Here is why that is so: a private school’s calendar is not disrupted by anything, in fact they all want to run two sessions in one calendar year while the federal schools are completing only one semester per year.

So what is the best advice to give to a Nigerian parent to help their child escape the troubles of having to write the UTME multiple times before getting admitted and having to wait for another year after being admitted before they can actually resume school, and then strikes and schools’ closedowns hit steady to make them spend extra years on their programmes? My advice for parents who can afford it is to send their children abroad for studies, if you cannot afford sending your child to study abroad, then your next choice is to find a good private university—these schools don’t ever want to run slow, and that is good for your children and their time. If you cannot afford sending your child to a private school, just take up a state school; here you get what you pay for to a good extent, and time is also saved. Talking about time being saved, please don’t let anyone deceive you a graduate of a federal university has more worth in the labour market than a graduate of a private or state schools; that discrimination has disappeared. If your child must go to a federal school, just make sure you keep them on some practical programme or professional programme aside the schooling, so that as the school is trying to burn the time of their life away, they are gaining thee time back from adding more skills or certification outside of their school programme. For instance, if you have a child who just got admitted to study Management and Accounting in a school like OAU where the child is most likely to spend five to six years on a 4-session programme that should end in about 3 years, you are advised to put the child on some ICAN programme already, so that by the time they graduate from OAU they are also getting chattered as an accountant already. Our federal schools obviously cannot meet up with the JAMB calendar again, we should give up on wanting that already.



Monday, 18 July 2022

Alumni of Old Graduating Sessions and the First-Timer Transcript Problems they don’t Escape

Alumni of Old Graduating Sessions and the First-Timer Transcript Problems they don’t Escape

When it comes to record keeping, our Nigerian schools are awful—everyone knows this by now. As if this awfulness at keeping records is not enough, the awfulness at information and doing what’s to be done and on time join together with many other things about how these schools always cause their alumni troubles and pains. Now that the world is almost done moving from papers to soft, it is shameful to realize that our schools are still at least 90% paper-centric. The most shameful thing to know is how the schools dominating the higher institutions still unable to move their records keeping to digital are the biggest and oldest schools in Nigeria; one would think since these schools have the better resources it would have been more easier for them to have ported everything to digital by now, but the unfortunate is the case.

For schools like OAU and UI, it is understandable that the schools have documents as old as 60-70 years old on papers, and porting them to digital wouldn’t be that easy, but the question is: are they even trying to port these old documents from papers to softcopies at all? Because judging by the fact that even the documents that are only 2-3 years old are still very much carried around in paper forms, it indicates that none of these schools is really ready to avoid from happening to this generation about finding their documents what is currently happening to the previous generations. Relating this misfortune to how it makes it almost impossible for alumni of old ages have their transcripts for instance, and how the excuse is that their results are on papers and a lot of damages and losses have happened to many of these papers in the decades they have lied somewhere useless.

Old alumni of OAU and UI are the most suffering of all the communities of alumni in the world, as these schools can’t even account for so many of their results anymore, making it impossible or difficult for them to get their transcripts. Like I have stated, it doesn’t look like something tangible is in play to solve this problem for the old alumni, neither does it look like the so called “electronic processes” currently in play are seriously for making sure this generation doesn’t depend on paper too, and they don’t have paper damages and losses problems in a future near. We cannot keep doing things the same way and be expecting things to change or get better; these transcript problems Nigerians are experiencing don’t look like problems going away anytime near—unless we are radical about the digitalization of data.

For practical solutions to getting your transcript from OAU or UI, please click here to read a write-up that tells you what to do and how to go about it.



Tuesday, 28 June 2022

FG, ASUU, NASU and SSANU’s Battles: The Ordeal of Students and Alumni

 FG, ASUU, NASU and SSANU’s Battles: The Ordeal of Students and Alumni

It’s been five months or so that most of the universities in Nigeria have been on total shutdown because every of the major unions that keep the institutions functioning have been on strike. The implication of this is that for almost half a year now, most students of Nigerian universities have been out of school, and this is pathetic for a country as Nigeria; it becomes even more pathetic when you realize how the government is not prioritising attending to the problems the unions are having by putting all hands on the matter. The second half of the year 2022 starts in a couple of days and it’s not even looking like it yet that the universities are resuming soon. Like play, this is looking like the 2012 and 2017 universities shutdown that took almost a year; more like this reoccurs every five years. This does not say anything good about the education system and the government at large.

Now, it’s funny that the whole universities are shut down and ASUU is the only union everyone is talking about—even though the talking is not having any productive outcome. One would think everyone would be aware by now that ASUU is only one union of the unions that keep a university functioning, and that none of them can singularly shut the university down totally. So when a university is on total shutdown, it must be known that it must be the major unions of the university are off work, and that is what is happening in Nigeria right now. People think students are the only victims of the universities’ total shutdown, but no, alumni suffer as much as the students too; final year students who recently wrote their final papers cannot be mobilized for service because no one to process their results, alumni cannot get their documents they need from their schools to move on in life because no one to produce the documents for them, everyone is stuck! I don’t know if the government sees it this way, but the country is going nowhere forward when everyone is stuck.




Monday, 20 June 2022

What an Unofficial Transcript and an Official Transcript Mean and what they can Be Used For [TAGS: NAIRALAND, ,GOOGLE, OAU, UI, TRANSCRIPT, GRADUATE SCHOOLS, SCHOLARSHIP, OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT, UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT, STUDENT COPY]

What an Unofficial Transcript and an Official Transcript Mean and what they can Be Used For

Having to explain to clients the meaning and uses of unofficial transcript and of official transcript is one of the things we steadily encounter per day, it’s almost like travel agents/PR and schools aren’t explaining enough what they mean when they ask travel aspirants to provide their unofficial or official transcript. But this is Pathfinders Edu. Consultancy (PEC), part of our jobs is to enlighten people who may be needing such, and the fact that this write-up caught your interest and retains your attention till this line can only mean that this topic we are about to discuss means so much to you. Trust us to give you the best of information anytime. Now let’s talk about what unofficial transcript and an official transcript mean and what we can use the two for.

Unofficial Transcript: an unofficial transcript is your own copy of your transcript and any other kind of transcript held by a body it was not addressed to. You can have your transcript sent to you by email or by courier (paper), but so long it’s you the owner they are addressing it to, then it is totally an unofficial transcript. Also, if your transcript was addressed to and sent to, for example, University of Lagos by University of Ibadan, but you go to University of Lagos to retrieve it and then send it to Obafemi Awolowo University, such transcript is only official to UNILAG but not to OAU. So don’t mind people who think their transcript is still official when they us this method in getting their transcript. Yes “official” can be written on the transcript because it is meant to be official to UNILAG, but when it gets to OAU, the fact that it’s not addressed to OAU alone makes it unofficial to OAU. If you have any institution that collects this kind of transcript as official transcript, the implication is that they do not know what official transcript means. Recently, the use of an unofficial transcript is popular in seeking for postgraduate admissions and scholarships, and mostly, when the admission or scholarship has been offered provisionally, they would ask for your official transcript.

Official Transcript: when you are asked to provide your official transcript, just know they are asking you to ask your school you graduated from to send them your transcript directly; it could be sent via email, or via courier or uploaded to their portal, but the sending and uploading can only be done by your school and done directly to the people or institution needing you to provide your official transcript. Note that an official transcript doesn’t depend on whether it is an association you are sending it to or an organisation or another tertiary institution or an employer, just know that so long the recipient is not you and the document is received by the body your school addresses it to, then it is an official transcript. A lot of people think if they request for their transcript from their school asking them to send it to a body, it would be an official copy, and they can collect it from that body and send it to another body requesting for their official transcript and it would still be official to them. Only one part of this thinking is right, the other is wrong; if you use the name of a body to request for your transcript and your school addresses it to that body and sends it to them, yes it is an official transcript to them, but when you retrieve it from that body (and open it or not), and then send it to another body which it is not addressed to, it is not an official copy to the that body. Official copy of a transcript simply means it is confidential between your school and the receiver to whom it is addressed and it is sent to. The uses of official transcript are formal; graduate schools ask for official transcripts when they have offered you a provisional admission and they need to be sure the unofficial transcript you used to seek for the admission is authentic. Employers ask for official transcript too, in fact these ones now prefer an official transcript to the certificate you submit to them; this is because you can render a fake certificate, but your school wouldn’t want to send them a fake transcript. Beside, your transcript gives more details about your activities while you were in school. Evaluation bodies only take official transcripts; only your school can send it to them directly and it must be addressed to them and sealed.

I hope you have now a better understanding of what official transcript and an unofficial transcript means. If you do not, you can reach out to us on +2348139534187 or info@pec-ng.com for better talk on this topic. Knowing what you need would guide you through knowing how to work towards getting it, and might save you a lot of money and time.