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Tuesday 28 June 2022

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

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

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

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

Monday 20 June 2022


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

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

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

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

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

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