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Thursday 22 July 2021


 OAU Transcripts: The Problems ETX Had that TPS Would Inherit

From the day OAU disengaged ETX from its transcripts services and puts TPS in charge of the business, I have been looking forward to seeing what any alumnus of OAU would be happy about as a better change in the request, production and delivery of their OAU transcripts. It’s been about three weeks since the disengagement of ETX from the transcripts services after the hell many OAU alumni had gone through when they requested for their transcripts via ETX. I have observed a few things that I will talk about now.

Firstly, I would like to reiterate this, contrary to what many think, the delay in OAU transcripts delivery is not the fault of ETX, it is the fault of OAU. ETX only had three functions in the processing of the transcripts you requested for: (1) they take the order via their website; (2) they print out your order/application and submit it to the school’s Transcripts Department for the production of your transcripts ( a lot of things happen at this stage that can make your transcripts never be produced or be produced very late); and after the transcripts have been produced and vetted by the Principal Assistant Registrar (PAR), they are transferred to ETX, (3) ETX dispatches them if they are to be sent by courier. But if they are to be sent by electronics means, only the PAR can upload the transcripts to the database (something that works like Dropbox), generate a link for it, and then send the link to the receiver which they would use to download the transcripts from the database one time.

I have shrunk the processes of the transcripts, but from what I have mentioned, you should be able to notice that after your transcripts application had been printed out by ETX and submitted to the Transcripts Department, ETX does not know what’s up about your transcripts anymore until it is transferred back to them for dispatch (if it is a paper transcripts to be sent via courier). This is why ETX doesn’t have any update to give their customers after the “Alumni Approved, Searching for Records”. This also explains why they cannot give out numbers or email addresses for their customers to contact, and even when you send them a message via the ETX platform, they can only send you a message that would not relate to what is going on about your transcripts, and it’s because they do not know. They can only send generic messages.

Now, from what has been pointed out about how things could go wrong during the production of your transcripts, I hope it is noted that this means during the production of your transcripts by the Transcripts Department (which would involve several offices), if anything goes wrong at any of these stages, you may never get your transcripts. And at least 60% of the times, something goes wrong. If OAU transcripts services would improve, the things that go wrong during the production of the transcripts must be fixed, not just about changing who is in charge of the transcripts services. I have been expecting some changes in terms of this but I have not seen much. This means TPS would still have this problem too.

If the OAU results database that’s always crashing doesn’t stop crashing, nothing is going to change. If the results that have been lost during the previous crashes are not found from the papers and the departments and re-uploaded to every new database they introduce, the problem is going to remain the same. If the staffs of the Transcripts Department would not get up and go help the persons requesting for their transcripts collate their results at their department, this problem would remain the same. If the staffs at the department don’t take the collation of results seriously, the problem is going to remain the same. So ETX or TPS, if the causes of the problems aren’t solved, changing the company is in charge of the works might not bring much change.

In the aspect of communication, which ETX was bad at, TPS would still have that problem too, and here is why; just like ETX, OAU is never good at information. You can imagine how long it took for OAU to have a social media account (I think they joined Twitter in 2019 or 2020). The OAU website is rarely updated. So I do not expect the information culture to suddenly change; people who are expecting their transcripts are still going to be left in the dark about the processing or their transcripts, and these people would need to know if something is wrong about their results so that they can send people to go help them out in doing things that need to be done instead of waiting for their transcripts that may never come.

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Monday 12 July 2021

OAU Porting from ETX to TPS: What Changes Should We Expect in Transcripts Processing [TAGS: OAU, ETX, TPS, TRANSCRIPTS, NAIRALAND, GOOGLE, WES, IQAS, EVALUATION]


OAU Porting from ETX to TPS: What Changes Should We Expect in Transcripts Processing

The smoothest news any OAU alumnus would like to hear is about ETX been disengaged from OAU’s transcripts processing, based on the hell ETX had taken most OAU alumni through in trying to get their transcripts from the school. No alumnus would not be glad to hear that ETX has been disengaged from OAU’s transcripts processing, and eventually, that has finally happened, ETX gone and another transcripts platform called TPS has been introduced. This is really a good thing, as OAU has finally thought it right that handling the transcripts business of a school with alumni base has much as OAU’s to a single company that doesn’t even have the power to really process the results needed to make the transcripts is a bad thing. Now, the Transcripts Department of the school has finally gotten serious about these transcripts works and they are taking the business by themselves; to take the transcripts order, process the results, process the transcripts and do the dispatching, these sound really good. But when you look deeper into it, you would see what could go wrong.

Although most people don’t know this, but ETX only took OAU’s transcripts orders and delivered the transcripts when ready, they were not the one to do anything on the processing of the transcripts. In fact, as soon as you made your transcripts order on ETX and they had printed your application out and handed it over to the school’s Transcripts Department, ETX didn’t know anything about your transcripts again until they were been processed completely and transferred to their office for dispatch. This means ETX didn’t really have any work they did on your transcripts, and this is why people weren’t getting their transcripts on time or at all, and also why ETX never had any factual thing to tell their customers as updates on their works. Now, this is the question, changing from ETX to TPS, are we expecting a better transcripts processing? Probably yes. But when we think about the fact that ETX or TPS, it’s still OAU we are dealing with, we would realize a lot could change, but what is wrong would still be wrong or only get better a little. Alumni would still have to hustle their ways through getting their transcripts fast or getting them at all. We wish this change changes everything for the better, but if it turns out it cannot, we will still be here to be of help.

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Monday 5 July 2021


OAU’s Pre-degree or JUPEB in OAU: Which One is Better and Why

When it comes to deciding on whether to go for OAU’s pre-degree or to take on the JUPEB programme in OAU, parents and students are always either very confused on which one to choose or (mostly) they end up choosing the wrong one (because the intended course does not work well with the one they ended up choosing). The cost of taking either of these programmes in OAU is almost the same, but the conditions and implications differ, which always makes parents and students only get to think of the fact that the costs are almost the same but JUPEB allows the students who pass them to enter any school taking such qualification as Direct Entry into 200 Level, but then, there are more to compare when it comes to OAU’s pre-degree and JUPEB in OAU than just the similar costs and the Direct Entry advantage the latter has. I will discuss these extra factors to consider to make it easy for you to choose the best of the two to suite your interests and opportunity more.

It is important you know—if you didn’t—that OAU’s pre-degree belongs strictly to OAU, and the programme means so much to OAU that they always want to make sure most of the students who go through the programme get their first choice of course, and almost everyone who go through the programme is admitted for at least any course at all so long they have scored at least the average of 70% in the pre-degree programme at the end of the two contacts (two semesters), and they have scored at least 200 in the UTME of the same admission session; while the JUPEB programme does not strictly belong to OAU but—just as most of other universities—it is conducted by OAU too, and this is where the differences between the two programmes begin to set in. A student who goes through the pre-degree programmes and has scores as earlier stated has better chances of getting admitted than a person who goes through the JUPEB programme. Being an educational consultant, I have seen so many students who passed their JUPEB but they still had to buy Direct Entry form years after years before they finally got admitted, and this happens too often; meanwhile scoring the average of 70% in the pre-degree programme and 200 in the UTME of same admission year already qualifies you for an admission even if it is not to the department you chose. This means the advantage to get into 200 Level that JUPEB has is not really an advantage lest you actually have the admission the same admission session you completed the programme; a pre-degree student could get admitted before you and complete 200 Level before you even get admitted to 200 the Level your JUPEB qualifies you for.

Again, there are some courses you would need to be critical about when you are trying to enter them via OAU’s pre-degree or JUPEB; courses like Medicine and Surgery, Nursing Science, Pharmacy, Medical Rehabilitation, Dentistry, Economics, Accounting, Computer Science, and a couple of other courses in Tech. This is because these course are highly competitive, and if you are entering them through either of pre-degree or JUPEB, you are going to have to really score the departmental requirements of the mentioned departments to be able to get any of these departments (unless of course somebody of high office is interested in your admission and their slot works for you). Where differences now set in is, if you are trying to enter any of these departments through pre-degree and you do not have the departmental requirements and you do not have anybody’s slot working for you, so long you have scored the basic 70% and 200 scores in the pre-degree programme and UTME respectfully, you would get another course. But if it was JUPEB, so long you do not have the required point for any of these departments and somebody’s slot is not working for you, you are not getting another department even when you have a good point in the JUPEB programme. This singly makes the reason why I always advice people to choose pre-degree instead of JUPEB (unless they are so sure they would score the departmental point), and when other benefits of OAU’s pre-degree are considered too, I always vehemently recommend the pre-degree over JUPEB.

Everything I have said is not to say JUPEB is not good—of course it is, comparing the JUPEB programme to having to go to a polytechnic or college to get a Diploma that would qualify you to enter 200 Level in a university, JUPEB saves time, and money (in most cases). So instead of considering a college diploma or an Ordinary National Diploma to get a Direct Entry admission to a university, it’s far assured and better to go through JUPEB, as the chances of getting the Upper Credit to qualify for Direct Entry at the college of polytechnic is lower than the chances of passing JUPEB and getting admitted to the course of your choice and to 200 Level. So in this sense, it is JUPEB over any polytechnic or college Diploma if a Direct Entry admission is your goal. But when it comes to the high chances of getting any admission at all, it is pre-degree. Hope you got that?

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