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Thursday, 19 December 2019


Now That OAU Postgraduate Form is Closed, What’s Next?
After the closing of the sales of the OAU postgraduate form for 2019/2020 admission session has been extended three times, they finally closed it on 13th of December, 2019. But has all registrations are done and the sale of form is closed now, what else? What’s left for the applicants to know? What must the applicants do to be admitted? Apart from the new development that applicants whose programme involve research work (programmes with thesis) will have to submit a research proposal of not more than 5 pages, there have always been things the applicants must do to be qualified for admission, and they will all be discussed briefly below, but if you need more information on any of them, my phone is always on: 08139534187.
First of the things an applicant should know is that this website www.apply.oaunetque.com on which they filled their form is not the one on which they would keep an eye on their application to know what’s up about it per time. The new website should be www.track.netque.com. On this one is where you know whether your documents have been submitted to the PG College and your aspired department or not, and whether you referees have responded to the confidential form sent to them or not, and whether you have been recommended by your department or not, and whether you have been admitted or not. So if you have been visiting the first website (the one on which you filled your form) and it looks like you are not getting any response, it’s because you have been visiting the wrong website. That first website is closed against you the moment you submitted your form. So the second website is where you visit now to follow your application.
Secondly, it is in the requirement of the PG College that every department must screen their applicants before recommending them for admission, such screening may come in the form of aptitude test or an interview or the two, depending on the department you have applied to and how much applicants they have. But sometimes, many of the departments don’t bother screening their applicants before recommending them for admission, especially when the applicants are not that much. When only about 5 people apply to a department for a PG programme, why should we screen them? But if there would be screening at your department, please know that it wouldn’t be a thing to panic about, it would be a test you could write without even reading a thing, it’s just an aptitude test, and if it would be an interview, the questions they would ask you would surely be within the field of the department you have applied to. So don’t bother yourself running around because of some test and interview, it’s never that deep.
Of all the things you will have to put in place to gain admission to the PG College, your transcripts getting to the PG College before the admission board sits on the admission is very very important. OAU generally takes the transcripts more seriously than even the certificate and other documents. No matter how many certificates you have and have submitted, if your transcripts are not sent to OAU before the admission board sits, you are certainly not getting admitted! Get your transcripts from your previous school to OAU PG College by all means, your admission depends largely on it. Another thing your admission depends on are your referees, at least two of the three of them must have responded to the confidential form sent to them in your name.
Apart from these things mentioned, there should be nothing else disturbing you from gaining admission to a PG programme, lest you do not and NYSC discharge letter or exemption letter, or have the required CGPA from your previous degree. OAU requires you have at least 3.00 over 5.00. If you have put every of these things in place, then I wish you the best of luck as you await your admission letter.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The sales of the PG form has been extended again till January 15th, 2020.

Monday, 16 December 2019


For OAU Students Who Want to Transfer
The time is here when students who were offered admission to a course they do not really like studying, students who aren’t pleased with their own performance in the department they currently are, and students who their departments really want to rip off because of their low performance try to process a transfer to another department, or even to another institution (but the latter is not the bone of contention here). and to avoid being one of those people whose transfer processes would not be completed, and those people who would have been discharged by their current department but would not be received by the new department they aspire, this write-up will be the pack of the things you need to know to not be unfortunate with your transfer processes. Every transferring student—no matter what level they are—needs this information, but needing it mostly are the students who are about to complete their first year in the university and desire to transfer to another department against next session.
As a freshman, when you are offered admission to a course you do not like really, you desire to transfer to another department as soon as possible, and you will surely have a lot of people promising they would make such transfer possible and even easy for you. But unfortunately, transferring to another department is never as easy as the ones who promise it make it sound. It is a very long process that’s also time-taking and risky too—if you are not furnished with the most appropriate information. For an undergraduate who is already above 200 Level, you may not need so much information on this because you are already so long in the system, and if your eyes have been as opened as they should be, and your ears have been on the walls, by now you should already know what you have to do and when you need to do them to make your transfer possible and easy. But basically, there are things every transferring student—no matter what level they are—should know, and I will do well to highlight them and afterwards mention the specific things to know for students who just completed their first year and want to transfer, and students who have been above 200Level and want to transfer.

1). It’s important you know no transfer student goes beyond 200Level at the new department they are transferred to; no matter what level you have been, you are starting from Part 2 if you transfer to another department. But for students who just completed their first year and are trying to transfer to another department, you will have to repeat 100Level.
2). Up until around 2013/2014 (the same session the CGPA for Second Class Lower was reduced from 2.50/5.00 to 2.40), transfer students had to start their new department they were transferred to with a new CGPA of 5.00. But now—after it has been learnt that such process isn’t fair on students who wouldn’t transfer—the favour of new 5.00 for transferred students was abolished. So if you are trying to transfer to another department, please know that whatever your CGPA at your old department is would still be your CGPA at the new department.
3). It is very important that you are sure the new department you are applying to are ready to receive you before you get discharged by your old department. If you are discharged but not received by the new department you have applied to, that could mean a lot of things ranging from having to stay a session off school to losing your admission. So get your processing right please.
4. There is always the rumour of what CGPA you have to have before you can be able to transfer, but the truth is, officially, there is no such requirement, but because the receiving department would want to make sure they are not receiving a student who wouldn’t do well in the department, most departments now require that transferring students have at least a 3.50 (Second Class Upper) to be able to transfer, and this affects Part One students trying to transfer the most. So, check your CGPA before you start processing your transfer and know the point the department you are going to requires before you embark on such process, so it wouldn’t end up being a waste of time. Also, know that if your CGPA is so high, it may cause your current department to not discharge you, as every department wants students who are doing well too, and wouldn’t easily let them go away to another department just because they want to.
5. This is very important, before you start processing your transfer to another department, check the JAMB brochure for the O/Level subjects requirement for the course you are trying to transfer to. Don’t process your transfer to a course you do not have their O/Level requirements; such transfer process can’t end well.
I wish you the best of luck as you try to go to another department, and I hope that—if successful—you would do better in your new department. And by the way, the Admissions Office just reopened the departmental, faculty and inter-university transfer form for sale again, and it may not last for more than few days this time. If you need any help in executing your transfer, you can call me on 08139534187.

Thursday, 12 December 2019

About Four Years of OAU Transcripts Service Going Digital with ETX Handling it, and With Bad Reviews Everywhere Online: What Has Gotten Better? (TAGS: WES, ECA, IQAS, NAIRALAND, OAU, ETX, TRANSCRIPTS, GOOGLE)

About Four Years of OAU Transcripts Service Going Digital with ETX Handling it, and With Bad Reviews Everywhere Online: What Has Gotten Better?
Some of us used the OAU’s transcripts service every now and then when it was 100% manual, and we have also been using it every now and then since it turned digital, and if there is anyone who should be able to know what has been up in the processes of getting your transcripts from OAU, it should be people like us. You must have read on every website and app people’s bitter complaints about their bitter experiences with OAU when they requested for their transcripts, and yes, everything you have read is true, absolutely true! Myself, I have written tons of reviews of OAU’s Transcripts service with the startup called ETX handling it, and every one of them were written from my experiences gathered over my several years of working on people’s transcripts. This is another criticism of OAU, ETX and their transcripts service.
First of all, the OAU’s digital transcripts service as handled by ETX is a rip off! The least payment on the website as of today is #10,000 and these are for local destinations (some local destinations have higher charges than #10,000), and for international destinations, it begins from #22,000 and goes as high as #37,000 depending on the country you are sending your transcripts to. Requesting your transcripts for personal view (unofficial use) which would be sent to your email would cost you up to #11,000. All these charges are too much for a transcripts service. We have signed petitions online we are tired, we have complained to federal agencies that could look into this exploitation but all to no avail (check out our petition to the Ministry of Education here https://www.change.org/p/nigeria-ministry-of-education-stop-oau-ile-ife-management-from-forcing-etx-ng-on-her-alumni-for-transcript-processing).
If the charges are so high and the services provided are prompt and worth the charges, maybe people would not be complaining about the charges; satisfaction would cover it all I’m sure. But nope! The moment you pay the money, and ETX confirms you have paid, ETX’s online relationship with you is over! They have broken up with you without you suspecting they have. No feedback from them, you can’t call them, the chats and the emails you receive from them are automated messages having phrases like “your transcript is in process” to make you feel like something is being done on your transcripts, but na lie! Your file is probably on somebody’s table sitting there while the person employed to attend to it engage in some chitchats with their colleagues over some topic that’s not even in relation to what they are employed for. But you will be there thinking your transcript is actually under processing and you will soon hear from where you are sending it to that it has been delivered. Unfortunately, the wait never ends, and such waiting is the reason why so many people lose chances and opportunities per time. It’s depressing!
It’s been about four years since OAU switched from dealing transcripts with her alumni directly to using ETX as the middle digital agent so as to facilitate the request for and the delivery of transcripts, and nothing has changed really; the same problems over and over again. Going digital was supposed to help the requester of their transcripts not need to come down to Ife, but you will still have to come down to Ife lest you have someone on ground doing the processes for you, and the processes are rigorous than what anyone who the transcript doesn’t belong to to be committed to it as it would require of them—unless of course they are paid for such task.
I was initially thinking the solution to these problems is for ETX to employ more people than the lesser than 10 people they are always having on seats for work, and the Exams and Records and the General Office of the Departments should have a lot of NYSC corp members too, to carry on some petty jobs the nonacademic staffs leave unattended to because it would involve that they travel from buildings to buildings in the school. These petty jobs are the reasons why things are generally slow in OAU, and having enough corp members to run the errands would make it easier; this is what I thought. But recently, I learnt the problem is not inadequate hands to do the job, but rather negligence at every office that your transcripts processes will have to involve. This thing is no joke here! The people have to have the fears of losing their jobs if they are found lagging behind on any portion of job assigned to them per time. To sell this fear to them must be an unbiased committee that would check up every body’s job per working week to know what they have achieved and what they are still leaving undone. Then and only then would an alumnus be able to order their transcripts and rest assured someone is working on to make sure it gets to where it’s needed on time.

Monday, 9 December 2019


Still Waiting on OAU’s Admission List
The year is having just few of working days left, the school is already one week into her Rain (Second) Semester exams, and most Predegree, UTME and DE applicants are yet to have their names on CAPS as offered admission. What is happening? Why is OAU overly slow about this admission processes, and is it safe to keep waiting on OAU hoping when they eventually release all their batches of admission lists, your name will be there. Here are the questions applicants and their parents have been asking recently, and I want to address these questions in this write-up.
First of all, let’s not forget that OAU is a very time-taking school. This is one of the things any applicant should understand about OAU before choosing OAU at all for any programme. Because it is only when you understand this that it wouldn’t get you worried when it begins to happen to you while you have anything at all doing with the school. Expecting that OAU would be different when it comes to your case or programme is a thought you shouldn’t have. Though we all used to think the slowness was coming from the incessant strikes of different types always happening in OAU, but over a few years now, there has been no big strikes in OAU minus the 2 to 3 months NASU strike of 2018, and even though there has been no big strikes, one session in OAU still equals one year—whereas some schools of same standard are having three semesters in one year now since ASUU is not causing any big trouble for now, but OAU can only have two semesters in one year.
There are so many instances to show how OAU has been slow still, even when there has been not-so-big strikes that we thought were the reasons why OAU was always slow in everything. From my observation overtime, I have learnt the slowness of OAU is not in any activities such as strikes and sort, it is rather in the system; the academic staffs, the nonacademic staffs, the management, they all individually and as a group have how they make everything slow in OAU. Though some of them take pride in the slowness as they have attached it to the desire to be meticulous about everything and have the perfect outcomes, and because everyone has to be careful about everything. This sounds so cool, but only to those who don’t work around the system. My take on this—which is the blunt truth—is that most OAU staffs (no matter what group they belong and what level they are) aren’t really committed to their job. If most staffs of the school are energetic about their job even half as much as they are about their salary, you would be surprised how things would be too fast even.
I must also mention the negligence and improper planning in the system. The negligence and improper planning I’m talking about have to be the two major reasons why OAU is yet to release even one third of the names they intend to admit for the 2019/2020 session. While some names have been released for some departments, some departments have not even been uploaded at all. Just about six weeks ago was when the first set of names were uploaded to CAPS as admitted, names of only about 3 or 4 departments, and the names uploaded per these departments aren’t even up to 50. We all believed they had started uploading the First Batch and by the end of the year they should have uploaded all the lists. But no, the school is still on the First Batch and the year is almost closing up. The excuses they give: “exams are going on, so everyone has been busy”, “NUC is evaluating all departments for accreditation”, “all staffs are doing their IBPIS registration, we can’t attend to anything for now”. These shouldn’t have been problems delaying the release of admission lists if we had a different board for admission decisions and the board members are not saddled with other functions for as long as the admission processes last. But no, OAU management must give one person multi-functions at a time, thereby making them less productive on every one of the functions.
I would only enjoin applicants to relax and keep praying. Hopefully, the remaining of the First Batch would be released before the end of the year, and the subsequent batches released early next year too. If you are waiting on the school for admission lists, you will have to add patience to your waiting, I meant long-term patience, as that is the only thing that would help you wait till the end without getting sick of the school. And I pray in the end everything works in your favour. I wish you the best of luck as you wait and pray.

Thursday, 5 December 2019


OAU Postgraduate College Trying to Turn a New Leaf
If there is any one thing OAU Postgraduate College (PGC) is widely known for, it has to be the fact that the PGC is very unorganized and sluggish in everything. Everyone who comes for a PG programme in OAU is either a person who doesn’t know what they are about to get into or a person who knows but doesn’t mind just because of some advantages of undergoing a PG programme in OAU; example of such advantage being the relatively cheap school fees for a postgraduate programme. The most expensive programme in the PGC has to be the MBA Executive, and with just about #500,000, you would complete the programme, and with just about #350,000, you should be able to complete any other PG programme in OAU. That is relatively cheap compared to many other schools of such standard. Which is why many OAU PG applicants wouldn’t mind the fact that OAU PGC would frustrate them in every other sphere while they are on the programme. In fact, almost none of the students who begin their PG programme in OAU PGC finished it when they are supposed to, many don’t even finish at all. It’s a known thing about OAU PGC, you either finish your PG programme late or not finish at all, you can barely not fall in either of these two groups. In the defense of the college, they argue they are just “growing”, which is funny because it’s been since 1964 they’ve been growing.
However, the recent administration of the PGC headed by Professor (Mrs.) Ajibade from the Faculty of Education has been the stir the OAU PGC has been needing for decades. I know this great woman personally, and I know she shakes things up wherever she is. Since she was made the provost of the PGC earlier this year, there has been new policies, shuffling of staffs of the PGC, and in fact a whole new development about every of the programmes the PGC offers just to make sure things get on the speed now, and the sluggishness OAU has been known for is modified. If this wind of change keeps blowing at the PGC, it wouldn’t take long at all before OAU has a very fast and orderly PGC. Though this doesn’t mean the student would stop getting frustrated, that one cannot stop. OAU PGC and OAU as a whole are known for taking the student through fire so they come out shinning like gold. What I’m saying is, even though you will still get frustrated while and after running your PG programme in OAU, it is getting safer to be a PG student of OAU now, as there has been better orderliness so far, as well as good acceleration about everything. So stop having the fears that OAU would take all your time and apply for a programme in OAU PGC as soon as possible, you won’t die.

By the way, the PG application for the 2019/2020 session for applicants that would be resuming February next year if admitted is still on sale and would be closing this week (if not extended). You can still apply if you want to. And if you need any help about obtaining the form, filling it, provision of referees, submission of the required documents to the PGC and the aspired department as well as the processing of your transcripts so they are delivered to the PGC in due time and not get you denied of the admission, you could always contact PEC on 08139534187. Make the call now please. Thanks.

Monday, 2 December 2019

PEC's Hostel Facilities for Candidates Who Want to Take Exam Coaching in Ife (TAGS: oau, admission, utme, post-utme, jamb, screening, hostel. hotel, ife, accommodation, tutorial centers centres nairaland)

PEC's Hostel Facilities for Candidates Who Want to Take Exam Coaching in Ife
In extending our tutorial services beyond candidates who live in Ife and its environs, we now have hostel facilities to accommodate candidates that are outside of Ife and would like to come to Ife to prepare for their UTME and Post-UTME exams, any other similar exams. These hostel facilities are to accommodate our candidates for as long as they want to stay to prepare for their exam. The environment is conducive, the facilities in the building are neat and hygienic, power is stable, security is guaranteed, and proper attentions are paid to the candidates to make sure coming down to Ife to prepare for their exams actually improve their scores in the exams and also get them already familiar to the university environment; which is also a kind of motivation that makes candidates want to work really hard to gain admission to the school.

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Monday, 25 November 2019


OAU Admissions: Why it’s Taking So Long
It is safe to think OAU is the only Nigerian federal university left that is yet to have all her 2019/2020 admission list uploaded, and this is not good for the anxieties of the applicants and their parents. Many of these applicants and parents—especially the ones who don’t know how much time OAU takes in doing everything—are beginning to worry on whether they or their ward would be admitted or not. And at this point, it is okay to have such worries, as waiting on OAU for admission would mean you have totally settled for OAU and—come what may—you would bear the consequences if it ends up how you do not want it to. If you are admitted eventually, lucky you, if unfortunately you are not, it would only mean you are writing another UTME, as there are no other schools left right now still doing admission, all the schools with name are done with their admission for 2019/2020. But why is OAU taking so long? You may want to ask. (Article continues after advert break)

Apart from the fact that OAU doesn’t rush anything, there are always official reasons why admission processes take so long in OAU, and this year has a reason too. Some applicants were offered admission some four weeks ago and everything has been on hold since then. No one else has been offered admission since then, and that is because of the NUC departmental accreditation going on in all the departments of the school right now. Every admission processes have to be on hold for the time this accreditation would last just so a department would not offer admission to people and then end up losing its accreditation and can’t offer admission to anyone to study that course, and then applicants who have been offered admission to such department are rendered stranded and confused. For instance, see how the Department of Business Administration lost their accreditation just after the evaluation by the NUC officials last two weeks. Just imagine that people were already offered admission by the department already, what’s going to be for the students now? That is why the few names that were uploaded for admission about four weeks ago are currently the last names uploaded, and I assure you that that list if not even up to 5% of the names on the First Batch. Most departments have not even been uploaded at all, only Public Administration and two or three more departments were uploaded. Which means JAMB is not even done uploading to CAPS the First Batch OAU sent to them.
For people who are still having problems understanding how JAMB and the schools work on CAPS in the process of offering admission, let me say again that it is not JAMB that offers admission as many think. It is still the schools that release the list of applicants to admit to JAMB and the list may come in batches. While JAMB just scrutinizes the names on the list to make sure they are indeed qualified for such admission, and then they upload then on CAPS for admission. If you need to read more about how JAMB, the schools and CAPS work on offering admission, read this write-up "How the Use of CAPS Works Between JAMB and the Schools on Admissions"
To close this write-up, I will have to ask all applicants of OAU to be patient, keep praying and hoping it all goes well, because no one can rush OAU. As much as I know, as soon as the accreditation process is over, the rest of the names on the First Batch sent to JAMB will be uploaded on CAPS, after which the Second Batch which is currently in compilation in OAU would be sent to JAMB too for upload to CAPS. Let’s just say December and January would be the months for: the remaining of the First Batch, the Second Batch, and then February for the Third Batch—which is the VC List that comes out after compiling the spots of people who were initially offered admission but for one reason or the other didn’t accept the admission, and then the admissions are offered to other people. I just hope with you that all goes well and you or your ward is offered admission eventually. I wish you all the best as you wait.

Thursday, 21 November 2019


Necessary Information for OAU PG Applicants
I have to hint you that OAU’s PG College—because they don’t admit so many people to their programmes—is a very unpopular college of off the postgraduate colleges in Nigeria. I say this to mean you can barely hear anyone talking about the College or their programmes anywhere or having the right information you need about the College and their programmes. Unfortunately, the PG College and OAU as a whole also contribute to how the OAU PG aspirants who want to apply to OAU don’t get informed about anything concerning the application and the processes, the College and OAU as an institution have near-zero interest in dispensing information to the public about anything, or maybe they don’t know how to best do it in this 21st century.
This makes it the job of the OAU bloggers to publicize every possibly needed information about OAU, their PG College and their PG programmes. And funny enough, because all other OAU bloggers are currently undergraduate students who have little or no idea what the PG College is about and how their programmes go, it becomes an obligation to me—the only OAU blogger who is conversant with the PG College and their programmes—to always update the public on anything they need to know about the college and their programmes. To confirm I am still the only blogger who writes about OAU’s PG College and their programmes is when you typed anything about OAU’s PG programmes in the Google search engine and everything it brought to you are things I wrote about the college and their programmes at different times of every year since 2007.
I say that not to create any negative impression about the college or anything, but to pre-inform you that you may find it difficult to get any other information you need about OAU’s PG programmes from anywhere else than here. So stick to us to remain informed about OAU, OAU’s PG College and their programmes. And if there is anything you need my service for from the buying of the form to the stage of admission, don’t hesitate to contact me on 08139534187. You will be informed rightly and everything will be coordinated meticulously for you. I wish you the best of luck as you begin processing your admission to the PG College.
PS: you must know that in your PG admission processing, your transcript is almost the most important thing of all that determine whether you will be admitted or not, and I can give you one zillion factors right now that could cause your transcript to not get to the PG College before the admission board sits to offer admissions. But then, the solution to the factors is what I'm in for, not really the factors. I’ll be closing this note with a link to an article you have to read to avoid letting your transcript deprive you of your admission you deserve; click here to read it.

Monday, 18 November 2019

The Dis-accreditation of Some More Departments in OAU

The Dis-accreditation of Some More Departments in OAU
Just last year, some aspirants of Law, Med. Rehab., Dentistry and Botany in Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) received SMSes from 55019 (supposedly belonging to JAMB (as that’s the same number they received their generated code from when they were registering for the 2018 UTME). These SMSes were sent to inform the candidates that their choice of course/department in their chosen school was unaccredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC), and they should change to another institution or course. Then came the expected panic everywhere online and offline by candidates and parents, everyone wanted to know the truth about the dis-accreditation and what they should do next. Hence, this write-up I published last year about how the departments lost their accreditation: OAU’S Law, Med. Rehab., Dentistry and Botany: The Dis-accreditation, and the Untold Truth About it All. One year later, some of these departments are only still trying to get their department accredited again, and yet another department (Business Administration) lost her accreditation again just last week, and more departments (especially in the Faculty of Education) may be facing the risk of losing their accreditation too sooner or later, due to unavailability or inadequacy of the needed resources to stand as a department offering such course.
The question right now should not only be why are those departments losing their accreditation?But also, which department is the next to lose it? The reason for this question is because I know very well that going by the NUC Benchmarks for universities, no department in OAU is worth having an accreditation to offer their course, due to lack of the needed resources—materials, facilities and humans, or the availability of such resources in inadequate counts.
However, while expecting the Faculty of Law and one or two more departments that have corrected some things about what made them lose their accreditation last year to regain the accreditation back soon, we also expect more departments to lose their accreditation this year to follow the Department of Business Administration that recently did. Also, we can only start wishing the 2019/2020 UTME applicants who have chosen Business Administration the luck to get another course, as OAU does not automatically consider applicants for another course different from the course they have chosen; lest they have done some underground processing (“runs”) on it, and unfortunately, most of these applicants wouldn’t know something had happen to the department they are waiting to be admitted to. If you are one of the candidates in this group, I advise you to get up and do something before it is too late. I wish you all the best as you try.

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OAU’S Law, Med. Rehab., Dentistry and Botany: The Dis-accreditation, and the Untold Truth About it All (TAGS: NAIRALAND, OAU, NUC, UTME, CUTOFF, ADMISSION, ACCREDITATION, OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY, GOOGLE,, JAMB, DIRECT ENTRY, DE)

OAU’S Law, Med. Rehab., Dentistry and Botany: The Dis-accreditation, and
the Untold Truth About it All
Everything I want to write right now is from the offices and also from experience. So please, keep what you have read on those Whatsapp and Facebook groups and the recycled misleading write-ups you have read on other blog sites for a while to get this truth you won’t get from anywhere else but on PEC-ng, and maybe also on other blogs that are always coming on this site to steal my write-ups.
Not quite long, departments in OAU received visitors—lecturers of other schools sent by NUC to evaluate the departments. They certainly don’t do that so often, because that was my first time of experiencing such visit in my 11 years of studying and working in and around OAU. NUC uses lecturers of one school to evaluate another school and give feedback on whether some departments should be offering their courses or not. It is how they grant the accreditation a university needs to be able to train students for a particular discipline. But me, I must make this comment about the so called evaluation done in OAU, it was full of episodes of nonsense, and it’s a means of wasting resources—money and time especially. The evaluators only came to eat the meals the staffs of the departments assigned to them to evaluate. It pains me to say also that all the departments—exempting none—were just running up and down to raise funds and borrow the facilities they should have from everywhere and anywhere, just to impress the evaluators coming.
But the running up and down to prepare some nice meal and some heavy envelopes for the evaluators was more serious than the run to borrow what they should have actually. The reason for that being that, it is actually the food and the envelopes the evaluators came to evaluate, the better the food and the envelopes, the easier the evaluation goes. Which brings us to the truth about the dis-accreditation of some departments, these departments didn’t “do normal”, that’s why they got the bad report that made them lose their accreditation. As an aspirant, this is not your problem, but I had to talk about it so you know the source of the problem. Knowing the source of a problem makes it easier to address. Now let’s address the problem.
As an aspirant of the departments having the dis-accreditation problem, you are thinking write now: “what should I do? Should I change my course or stick to the course and institution I have chosen?” I will provide my answers to these questions in the form of informing you of what the outcomes of this dis-accreditation issue would be, so you could weigh the odds and know which one to go for.
To start with, I must let you know this is not the first time some departments will be losing accreditation in OAU, but the most recent one before the one happening right now happened in 2006 when the Faculty of Law was disaccredited. That year, students of the Faculty of Law had to transfer to other departments. Those who wanted Law by all means with less care about where they are getting it from had to transfer to another school to continue their Law programme. If same will be happening again this session, it would only mean OAU will not be admitting students to the dis-accredited departments this session. Which means you will have to change course/institution as advised by JAMB.
On the other side, OAU is a very rebellious institution—the students are rebellious, and even the management too. So, there is the possibility that OAU will rebel against NUC and JAMB and still admit students to these departments anyways. Which would be a thing of regret if you have changed away from these departments and yet admission is offered to students who didn’t change. You will just end up being one of those students who wanted OAU but couldn’t get it, or one of those students who want a particular course but couldn’t get it, then turned bitter against the school and people who got the course they wanted. You don’t want to join that group.
This one is very vital and you must pay your best attention to it; if OAU will not rebel against NUC and JAMB and does not admit students to the dis-accredited departments this year, and you don’t change course, I promise you, OAU will not because you have chosen any dis-accredited course then offer you admission to a department you didn’t apply to. This is why you have to be very careful what you want to do about this dis-accreditation thing. You have to be very sure what you want to do so you won’t be scolding yourself for being too fast or too slow to make a decision about this when OAU eventually do what they would do about this. For us in the system, we can only keep watching to see how OAU will react to the dis-accreditation. You will keep reading from me about this. Let’s just keep hoping this ends well.

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Thursday, 7 November 2019

Solution to ETX, WES, ECE and All other Transcript Issues (TAGS: OAU, PG, TRANSCRIPTS, ETX, ORDER, ONLINE, IFE, NAIRALAND))

Solution to OAU,  ETX, WES, IQAS and All other Transcript Issues
If you are having issues with your transcript order or the delivery of the transcript to where you need it, this write-up is definitely for you. So read and discover something funny about your transcript issue.
If that initial paragraph held you down on this article and makes you want to continue reading it, then it most probably has to be you have ordered for your transcript and it’s taking forever to get delivered to where you need it. If my assumption is anywhere near correct, then relax, I'm about to discuss the problem and the solution here.
If via ETX is where you ordered for you transcript, then believe me, the delay of your transcript is nothing to them, they like derive joy from abandoning people’s order till it’s either too late for its use or almost too late. That is said not to spoil ETX’s market, but let’s call a spade a spade so it knows it’s not a sickle. Let’s show ETX’s failure to their face so they know they are failing. If ETX has made you lose an opportunity before just because they refused to deliver your transcript on time, you would understand why I'm this blunt about criticizing them. Take this for instance; the idea of online order of transcripts is to facilitate the order and to make it possible for the owner to order for it anywhere without having to show up. But unfortunately, it’s not like that with ETX. ETX, despite their over-charging transcript delivery service, they still make you go down to your school about the transcript after several months of waiting to hear that your transcript has been delivered. I'm talking about 3, 4, 5 or even 6 months of waiting here. To confirm what I'm saying about what ETX put people through after ordering their transcripts, log on to your Twitter app sometime, type ETX in the search engine and see tons of tweets people have tweeted to complain online about what ETX is doing to them. In fact, let me help you do that! I will attach some snapshots to this write-up now; they are tweets from Twitter users about ETX and their transcript delivery service. This write-up continues after the picture break…

Like I said earlier on, these snapshots of complaints about ETX’s service are not uploaded to spoil ETX’s market, but we have to show the dirt to the eyes so they are aware what they’ve been doing. Now that it has been made clear to you the problem you may encounter by ordering your transcripts from ETX, or the problem you are already encountering, let’s talk about the solution now.
Being a problem solver, when a problem is noticed, it becomes an obligation finding a way out to it, and being an entrepreneur, it becomes necessary to make profits from solving problems, and this is where I come in to provide prompt solution to your transcript issues. Don’t worry, you're still ordering your transcripts from ETX, all I need is the reference number of the transcript you ordered and the order code, leave the rest to me. Instead of the months your transcript order takes before it gets delivered, I make it get to wherever you need it in a matter of days! You're sending the transcript to WES or IQAS for evaluation? Don’t worry. You need your institution to respond to the confirmation of your evaluation faster? Don’t worry. You need your transcript delivered to another school or even your school for a postgraduate programme application? Don’t worry. You need your transcript delivered to your employer? Don’t worry. I mean don’t worry, your transcript gets to where you need it in just a matter of days. However, this service is not free o. LOL. I had to make that clear so you wouldn’t contact me expecting me to be on the run for you without talking about my charges.
In other news, if you are trying to apply for the current OAU’s PG programme for which the application form is on sale right now, then I must inform you that it is important that your transcript gets to the PG College before the admission board sits on the admission. OAU loves transcripts so much, in fact, it’s no admission without transcripts. So if you are just applying for the programme now and you are yet to order for your transcript, just know your transcript is already behind the clock; it most definitely will not get to OAU before the admission board sits, and it will deny you of the admission you deserve so much. However, you can use my service too. I fast-track transcript orders and get it delivered in just a matter of days. Just call me when you are ready 08139534187. If I'm not answering the call or the line is not going through, just leave a message. I will definitely respond to it sooner than expected.

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Transcripts Order in OAU 2: The Problems and the Possible Solutions


How Slots, “Runs” and Admission Processing work in OAU
I want to start this article going straight to the point as early as possible, because I know very well anyone who is interested in this write-up because of its title wouldn’t want to spend so much time on reading something too long. So let’s get to this already.
Being a “runsman” (as they address us), I have gotten to be in conversations with candidates and parents who only know there are things called slots, “runs”, and admission processing, but really don’t understand how they work. I have also conversed with candidates and parents who don’t even know a thing about all these things I just mentioned. Hence, it becomes a call on a runsman cum blogger like me to take advantage of blogging to explain this issue which causes problems for OAU runsmen like me. I’ll start from explaining how slots work in OAU.
As far as I know, every higher institution of learning in Nigeria gives a certain number of slots to many of their staffs and executives, and OAU is not an exemption to this. Also, all of these schools have how their own slots work, so does OAU. Now this is how slots work in OAU; staffs and executives of the school are given slots because working in a school makes people always come to them to make requests for admission, and this is why the departmental cutoffs don’t affect people who slots are used for. Meaning, if a slot is used for you, all you just have to do is have the basic requirements for the department you are considered for and you are good for admission. For better explanation (before the advent of this current post-UTME scoring system OAU is using) the basic requirement for consideration for admission to OAU was having at least 200/400 in the UTME and also 200/400 in the post-UTME. When you have gotten these, and you are a slot candidate, it wouldn’t matter what the cutoff of the department you are considered for is, you will be offered the admission. What I'm saying is, let’s say you are a slot candidate aspiring the Department of Economics, the cutoff of Economics is 270 but you have only scored 200. Don’t worry; if truly a slot in Economics is used for you, you are gaining your admission; this is how slots work, and as it was then, so it is now that we are using the “aggregate score” to determine who is “Eligible for Admission” and who is “Not Eligible for Admission”. This time, all you just have to do is be “Eligible for Admission”, whether you have the departmental cutoff or not, if a slot is used for you truly, you are surely gaining your admission to the department the slot is from. However, if you are getting a slot, just always make sure it’s genuine; there are fake slots out there.
I know too many people think slot and runs mean the same, but I tell you verily, they may in other schools, but I assure you they don’t mean the same in OAU. Now, let’s set this record straight once and for all. I have explained what slots mean in OAU and how they work, so compare that with this explanation of runs I'm about to give. Generally, the term “runs” (as a noun) is no English word, it’s only generated to fit the mention of all the running around you will have to do in the course of seeking a thing or wanting something to happen, and it fits well into describing all the seeking and wanting something to happen in admission processing; that’s why all the running around in seeking admission is referred to as “runs” while the person/people doing the running around for others is/are called “runsman”/“runsmen” . This makes the job of the runsman limited to just helping you do what you want to do but can’t do. You already have your strategies, your people, your links or even your qualifying admission requirements, but you need someone on ground for prompt and reliable information and for responsiveness to your admission needs, a runsman is what you need here. However, most runsmen—though the school doesn’t give them slots but because of the relationship they have with so many staffs and the executives of the university—they have more slots even than the Vice-Chancellor; I’m not joking here. For instance, I’ve been a runsman in OAU since 2007, I have built this paddy-paddy relationship with at least 30 OAU lecturers (ranging from the level of Mr. to Prof.), I have cordial relationship with at least 50 nonacademic staffs and good number of Personal Assistants and Personal Secretaries of the executives of the school; so just imagine how many slots I have access to per session. All I'm saying is, a runsman is the person you need if you need a slot, because they have more slots and they put you in mind even than the staffs and excos. However, even when the runsman has used a slot for you, you still have to hold on to him very well as there is something called slot-swapping here in OAU (my next write-up will explain this).
However, of all that’s been explained, admission processing covers them all. Admission processing starts from when the UTME form is obtained, to the level of guidance for the appropriate course, to the level of providing materials, information and strategies for gaining the admission, and doing the running around till the admission is gained. I only get to have 10-15 of candidates like this per session. In fact I bring them down to Ife for specialized tutoring for the UTME and post-UTME with fine hostel provided for them. It is almost impossible for any candidate to not get admission to their aspired department on merit when all these processes are gone through as recommended. There is slot, there is “runs”, but admission processing covers them all. There are reasons why sending your ward/child to Ife as early as they are ripe to write UTME works; the school environment itself is a motivation to aspirants, and also, the best tutors who understand how to get into OAU easily can only be found around OAU. Send your kid to Ife sir/ma if you really want that admission for them, they will not die! Quote me anywhere sir/ma, the tendency of being admitted on merit to the desired department in OAU after studying in Ife for the UTME and also for the post-UTME is almost 100%.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019


How the Use of CAPS Works Between JAMB and the Schools on Admissions
Since the introduction of CAPS (Central Admission Processing System) by JAMB, there has been amongst candidates and others the wrong understanding of how the schools and JAMB work on offering admission. Some people even think it is JAMB that offers admission now not the schools, and that is a capital NO! The job of offering admission remains and will always remain the schools’! As that is one of the primary functions of the administrative head of the schools (i.e, the Vice Chancellors) which the selected staffs of the schools will have to carry out on their behalf. But then, as the reason why CAPS was introduced is to centralize admission processing to: monitor the fairness and meritocracy in the processes of admission; make sure any one candidate does not get an admission they do not qualify for or not get multiple admissions while some are hanging to get any, it becomes necessary that JAMB has a part to take in the processes of offering admission too. But let’s not get this wrong, that does not mean JAMB offers admission, the function of JAMB as a matriculation board does not extend to the offering of admission even though it covers the conduction of the matriculation exams and monitoring the originality of admissions and the fairness in them.
Though JAMB knows the admission quota of every accredited school as provided by NUC, but only the schools can decide whether they want to admit up to the quota or below it, which also puts JAMB in the wrong position to be the body to offer admission. How it therefore works is that the schools compile their admission lists and uploads to CAPS, and JAMB after screening that you qualify for the admission approves the admission. When your school has uploaded your name is when your CAPS says “ADMISSION IN PROGRESS”, but when JAMB approves it is when it says “ADMITTED”. However, the names can still be uploaded to CAPS by the schools in batches, that is why all candidates don’t get the same updates on their CAPS at the same time.
In other news, if you are an applicant of OAU and your CAPS has been saying “ADMISSSION IN PROGRESS” for a while now, you can check the new update now; “CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE BEEN ADMITTED”. Note that this is only the First BATCH, the Second Batch—which will include the names of the DE applicants and all slot candidates—will be out soon too. I wish you the best of luck as you wait.

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Transcripts Order in OAU 2: The Problems and the Possible Solutions (TAGS: oau transcripts order request etx wes ece evaluation iqas nairaland))

Transcripts Order in OAU 2: The Problems and the Possible Solutions 
With no beating around, I’ll like to start highlighting why transcripts services are awful in OAU, and it is majorly—first of all—because OAU decided to hand over totally their transcripts services to ETX—a startup company for that matter. Not that it is bad to try out a startup company and help them grow, it only becomes bad when: one, OAU hands the transcripts services over to the company 100%; and two, the company refuses to leave the status of a startup company after five years of handling such big project.
OAU’s alumni base gets bigger and bigger every year, and the need for their transcripts gets even bigger too—especially now that everyone wants to travel to Canada and needs their transcripts for processing such thing. But unfortunately, ETX is not efficient enough to meet the needs of the thousands of OAU alumni who request for their transcripts per year. Thereby creating problems upon problems for the alumni who need their transcripts for a thing or two. All I'm saying here is, it is totally reasonable that OAU tries to take their transcripts to the internet, and also totally unreasonable that they removed themselves totally from every transcripts request services. OAU is a larger school than that, and there are even schools will lesser alumni base than OAU that still deal transcripts individually with their alumni, even when thy have also handed the service to an online transcripts delivery company.
Though the OAU management is corrupt, as it is most likely that some people in the management are collecting special bribes from ETX to keep them in the partnership with OAU, because I believe there is no way OAU as a school does not know what ETX has been putting their alumni through in getting their transcripts. However, there still can be solutions to thes. Transcripts order should be optional: you may order on ETX if you want to (which will favour people who can’t come down to Ife or who don’t want to); or come down to the school to request for your transcripts directly from OAU if that’s how you want it. This would reduce the clients for ETX and get them to treat every other client they have rightly and also improve on their services.

On the part of ETX, their major problem is that they have zero follow-up strategies, almost zero feedback system and customer care. When a client orders for their transcripts on ETX, and unfortunately there is any problem about the processing of the transcripts or about delivering the transcripts, ETX just normally leaves the case and forgets about it, without even getting back to the client who ordered for the transcripts to update them on the status of their transcripts order. The client who needs their transcripts would keep waiting for months and months for their transcripts to get to where they need them until they miss what they need the transcripts for. Even when the client tries to call the customer care, they don’t answer calls, and when they do, the respondents are never ever helpful! The solution to this is simple too, ETX need to have a customer care personnel that actually understand the management of OAU and can even before contacting the management give answers to questions from their clients. ETX needs to not just collect order money and not make sure the orders are fulfilled by all means, to this they will have to have a follow up team that will always go about solving the problems any client’s transcripts may be having that may end up sabotaging the delivery of their transcripts instead of just leaving the order where it has problems to not get back to it again. ETX need to improve on their feedback system, a client who orders for their transcripts online need to be getting alerts at good intervals on the level their transcripts order has gotten and information on what's wrong with their order when something goes wrong (that one they put on their web about your order is not even informative enough!). And to add to this, why must a normal transcript order take several weeks or months to be delivered even when the transcripts have no problem at all? I believe there are ways the bureaucracy could be reduced so that all paper works about every normal order could be done in maximum 2 days, and the transcripts can be on their way to their owner by the 3rd or 4th day. The completion of a transcript order should not take more than one week in the worst case! ETX, please up your game!

Read the first part of this write-up here: Transcripts Order in OAU 2: The Problems and the Possible Solutions

Untold things About OAU’s Departmental Cutoffs and the Admission Lists (Tags: google.com, nairaland, oau, cutoff, admission list, postutme, post-utme, aspirants, cut off mark, Obafemi awolowo university)

Untold things About OAU’s Departmental Cutoffs and the Admission Lists
Writing and failing the UTME is bad, passing the UTME only to end up failing OAU post-UTME is worse, but passing OAU post-UTME only to find yourself behind the departmental cutoff when that of your aspiring department is released is the worst. But you know what else is worse even than not meeting the departmental cutoff? Seeing another aspirant of the same department as you who is even far below the departmental cutoff than you gaining admission to that department is the worst of them all, it’s super-depressing.
If there is anything at all I remember very well about me scoring just 2 or 3marks below the cutoff in my three sessions of writing the UTME and not gaining admission, it will be the part when I saw aspirants having lesser score than I did gaining the admission anyways like they deserved it better than me. I got depressed every time this happened, then I had the conviction—which I just recently changed—that that cutoff thing is the biggest scam in OAU’s admission processing, judging by how someone with a lesser score gets to gain the admission while you don’t, even when the two of you are below the cutoff. But now, I have a better understanding of how the cutoff works, and I want to share it.
Runsmen, the “eligible” OAU aspirants and the parents who have children in this category, there is nothing we look forward to right now more than the OAU departmental cutoffs. On my own path as a runsman, I know why I await the cutoffs earnestly, but that is not why I’m making this article. I’m making this article to explain the reason why a person would lose their admission because they are some marks below their aspired departmental cutoff but another person with a lesser score would gain the admission anyways. This is it, there is a reason why OAU releases admission list thrice; I will mention each of the three lists below and tell you what you have to know about it.
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1. The Merit List (a.k.a First List): this list is exclusive only to the candidates who have in all ramifications met every requirement to be offered admission to their aspired departments, just as requested by the department and the university. That is, if the cutoff for Economics is 65% such candidates have scored at least 65% or have the score and areas/states that fit for the special cases like the catchment areas and ELDS cutoffs. Other than these conditions, you cannot be admitted on merit. The pre-degree students use to be on this list too, but not the direct entry students (DE). The DE students only come on the subsequent lists after the merit list.
2. The Second List: this list comes after the merit list, it is on this list the DE candidates see their names, and also candidates who didn’t meet the meriting cutoff to their aspired departments but because they know who they should know and what should be done for them has been done, they gain the admission anyways (either to their aspired department or to a compensating department). Most of the times, only one thing is the rule here: just make sure “Eligible for Admission” is written on your slip, how low your score is below your original or compensating department will not matter; you know people, so it’s okay. This is where I get my saying from that you either merit OAU’s admission or get it anyways.
3. The Third List (a.k.a Supplementary List or VC List): this list is the most misunderstood list! Everyone just thinks the list is their right. But I’m stating this emphatically, the third list is not your right, it’s the VC’s. To get on this list, you have to know the VC or know someone who knows the VC, in another sense, the VC has to know you or know someone who knows you; that’s how you get on the VC list. This supplementary list is the shortest of all the lists, and it comes to effect because there will always be people who are offered admission on the first and second list but will not accept the admission based on some reasons ranging from unavailability of funds, health issues, or another opportunity opened elsewhere. These names will be replaced with other people’s name, and most of the times, this list is released close to the matriculation or just after the matriculation.
Now that you know how the OAU cutoff and admission lists work, I hope you have learnt that cutoff or no cutoff, if you did what you have to do right and in time, you will still gain your admission; and also, by now, you know on which list to expect your name.


Waiting on OAU’s Admission Lists
As of today, OAU has to be the only Nigerian tertiary institution left yet to release any admission list at all, and that’s what we are known for—taking our time on everything. However, this could be a bad thing as much as it could be a good thing, as taking official things slow could mean perfection is what we are shooting for, or it’s just that our staffs aren’t swift about their jobs. But whatever the case is, if OAU is making you wait for the admission list, it’s only wise that you know why you are waiting and how you should be waiting. I cannot help you know why you are waiting—it’s in your decision you made by choosing OAU and working hard to pass all the screenings you have passed, but I could help you know how to wait, and that’s what I’m up to right about now.
As the UTME and our tertiary institutions are structured now, it is almost impossible for an admission seeker to be considered for admission by other schools on their choices of institution if their first choice of school doesn’t offer them admission. It’s more or less like you are choosing just one school and if that one school doesn’t admit you, then you will have to go do Change of Institution to put another school on your first choice of school so you could stand a chance of being screened and considered for admission by the newly chosen school. But in this case when all the schools open and close their registration for Post-UTME/screening and close it almost at the same time, it means if you failed the Post-UTME of one school or get rejected for admission by the school, you may find it difficult to find any school left to register for their Post-UTME/screening. Then in the case of OAU that likes to conduct their Post-UTME later than most schools, and also like to release their admission lists far later than most schools, it means if OAU doesn’t admit you, your next and only option may have to be the next UTME. So as you are waiting on OAU to release their admission lists, it must be at least one of:
1. you are very certain you will be admitted, because you beat either of the merit score, catchment score or the ELDS score, and you have done perfectly all you should do that no faults could be found about your application. But even at this level of qualification and perfection, I must tell you that you still need MORE to get courses in the Health Sciences, Law, and courses like Accounting and Economics;
2. your runsman or admission helper has assured you of an admission—even when you do not beat the cutoff, and you trust their words; or
3. You have made your decision to wait on OAU for as long as it takes, and if (God forbids) you are not offered an admission, to give up or just write UTME again next year is what you are doing.
It is not possible that you are waiting on OAU’s admission lists and how you are waiting is not at least one of the three mentioned above. But I must tell you that the most dangerous of the three ways candidates wait for OAU’s admission list is the second on the list, because apart from the fact that you have to really trust your runsman or admission helper to have decided to wait on OAU based on these people’s words and actions to help you gain the admission even when you do not have the cutoff score, you have also chosen to put your chances to write the next UTME on the line. This is what I mean, UTME registrations begin early nowadays, in fact the one for 2020 had already started, even when OAU is yet to release any admission list, it means by the time the Third List is released, registration for next year’s Post-UTME may have closed. You see what I mean?
Remember, if you do not have any of the merit score, catchment score or ELDS score, it means your name cannot come out with the First List, and that’s because the First List is the Merit List, and only the ones who have either of these scores mentioned above merited the admission, everyone else will always have to wait for the Second List and Third List. It’s still safe to wait on the Second List without trying to register for another UTME already, but very very unsafe to wait for the Third List without haven’t register for the next UTME. That is because: one, the Third List is a very very slim list; and two, it comes out much later—sometimes after the matriculation of the ones admitted on the First and Second Lists. So I advise you, when the First and Second Lists are all out and your name is not on them, please register for another UTME already as you wait on the Third List. I wish you all the best.