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Sunday, 16 May 2021


How CAPS Transfer Approval Works for OAU UTME and DE Aspirants

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

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

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

Sunday, 25 April 2021


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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, 14 March 2021


 Advice for OAU Post-UTME Candidates Taking the Online Test

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

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

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


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


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


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


I wish you the best of success in the test.

Sunday, 28 February 2021


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

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

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

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

Tuesday, 16 February 2021


Advice for 2020/2021 OAU UTME and DE Admission Aspirants

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

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

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

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

Monday, 8 February 2021

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

Marathon Coaching for OAU Health Sciences Aspirants

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

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

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

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, 25 January 2021

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

Implication of the Canceled 2020/2021 Session on OAU JAMBites

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, 4 January 2021

When is OAU Resuming?

When is OAU Resuming?

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

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

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